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Detecting Impairment

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Mild cognitive impairment or MCI is the stage between expected cognitive decline from normal aging and the serious decline of dementia. It can be categorized by issues with memory, language, thinking, and judgment. It affects 10-15% of all adults over age 65. 50% of those adults will develop Alzheimer’s or some form of demetia. MCI’s primary symptom is memory loss. Indivduals with MCI do not have trouble performing daily activities and their thinking is clear and normal.

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What are the Signs and Symptoms?

ICommon symptoms of MCI are repeating questions, getting lost when walking or driving, forgetting important date, or difficulty switching conversation topics. MCI can be related to medical issues such as thyroid issues or B12 defiencency. While there is no definitive treatment, exercise diet, social activities, and education activities may help.

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Medical Issues Relating to MCI

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Thyroid problems
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Head trauma or head injury

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If you or a loved one is experiencing dementia, it is important to take the next step to receive a diagnosis and being early intervention. New medications may slow the progression of dementia; this early treatment helps non-medical interventions bem ore effective and allow for more planning for long term care.

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