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What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

April 02, 2013

Have you ever heard of mild cognitive impairment? Mild cognitive impairment is a form of memory loss that is serious, but not as severe as Alzheimer’s/dementia-induced memory loss. Still, mild cognitive impairment can seriously impede on one’s daily life, therefore it should be attended to. Read on to learn more about mild cognitive impairment.

What is mild cognitive impairment?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) “causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills.” Mild cognitive impairment affects language, memory, thinking, and judgement. Also, MCI increases someone’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.

Why is it that mild cognitive impairment is not considered extremely medically serious? One of the reasons for this is those who have MCI are typically aware of their memory problems. This is great news because it means people with mild cognitive impairment can help themselves cope with their memory troubles.

Is mild cognitive impairment normal?

Mild cognitive impairment is considered to be a natural part of the aging process. Examples of MCI’s effects include repeating questions or making minor information slips. However, when MCI is severe, that can indicate a more serious problem.

You can help slow the development of MCI.

Did you know that you can slow the development of mild cognitive impairment? It’s true. Here are a few easy ways to ease the development of MCI:

– Socialize regularly
– Engage in learning new things
– Exercise
– Eat a nutritious diet

It’s important to discuss MCI with a physician.

While mild cognitive impairment is not necessarily dangerous, it still should be discussed with a physician. Why? Because “about half the people with this condition go on to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia within five years.” This clearly explains why keeping regular doctors appointments and discussing your memory problems with your physician is so vital for good health.

Do you have mild cognitive impairment? If yes, how do you actively slow the ongoing development of MCI? Disability Living would love to hear your tips for maintaining a healthy memory. Comment on this blog post to share with us.

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