Every senior needs cognitive screening, Alzheimer's Association says

 

At first, she just forgot a name or two. Then, a few meetings on her schedule. A few months later, LuPita Gutierrez-Parker found herself struggling at work to use computer software she knew intimately.

"In the beginning, when I wasn't sure what was happening to me, I just figured it must be stress because I was doing a lot of work and had too much on my mind," Gutierrez-Parker said.

Another few months passed, and she found herself re-reading the same passage in documents to comprehend their meaning. When her command of language also began to fail, Gutierrez-Parker, who lives in Yakima, Washington, began to worry.

"Why did I just say that? That's not grammatically correct," she would think. " 'That wasn't me. I have a very strong vocabulary.' I was a very articulate person."