Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) in Clarkston

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) causes cognitive changes that are serious enough to be noticed by the individuals experiencing them or to other people, but the changes are not severe enough to interfere with daily life or independent function.

  • MCI that primarily affects memory is known as “amnestic MCI”. With amnestic MCI, a person may start to forget important information that he or she would previously have recalled easily, such as appointments, conversations or recent events.
  • MCI that affects thinking skills other than memory is known as “nonamnestic MCI”. Thinking skills that may be affected by nonamnestic MCI include the ability to make sound decisions, judge the time or sequence of steps needed to complete a complex task, or visual perception.

 

People with MCI, especially MCI involving memory problems, are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias than people without MCI. However, MCI does not always lead to dementia. In some individuals, MCI reverts to normal cognition or remains stable. In other cases, such as when a medication causes cognitive impairment, MCI is mistakenly diagnosed. That’s why it’s important that people experiencing cognitive impairment seek help as soon as possible.

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