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Mild Cognitive Impairment – Summary, Symptoms And Treatment

Mild cognitive impairment is the stage between the normal and expected cognitive decline associated with normal aging and the more severe decline from dementia. This impairment involves memory problems, language, critical thinking and judgment. These issues are more pronounced with sufferers from mild cognitive impairment than it would otherwise be with people is merely experiencing some degradation due to aging.

We’ll discuss this stage in further detail along with some treatments related to it.

Basically many people who are experiencing this problem do realize that they are slipping. They along with close family members may realize that the person doesn’t remember as well and that some aspects of their mental capacity may have lessened. However these changes are not serious enough to interfere with normal day to day activities.

In general people who suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have a great chance of developing more severe symptoms including dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This is especially true when the main problem is associated with memory. But there are some people who suffer from this problem who never experience more severe symptoms or whose symptoms actually improve.

As we age our brains age as well. It generally does not function as well as it once did. This is why many older people have more difficulty remembering things. This is a normal and natural part of aging. However if the symptoms appear more severe then mild cognitive impairment may be a factor.

You may be experiencing this problem if you find that:
• You forget things more frequently
• You forget important things like appointments or social engagements
• You lose your train of thought
• You may feel increasingly overwhelmed when it comes to making decisions, planning steps necessary to accomplish a task or understanding instructions
• You begin to have difficulty getting around otherwise familiar environments
• You begin to exhibit increasingly poor judgment
• Your family and friends begin to notice these changes

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may be involved if you begin to experience depression, irritability or aggression, anxiety or apathy.

To help to manage these symptoms and keep them at bay, it has been found that exercise is an important factor. It is also important to maintain a good diet. You should try to lose weight and avoid smoking and follow a brain training program.

If you experience symptoms of depression, seek treatment as this has been found to contribute to this problem. And keep your mind active and occupied with new things.

In this way you can help to manage this problem and hopefully keep it from developing into more severe symptoms associated with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.