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A Look At Mild Cognitive Impairment

As we age, our cognitive abilities are expected to decline. Some people experience a normal decline and others suffer from a severe decline called dementia. Mild cognitive impairment fall right in the middle of those two declines. This article will examine mild cognitive impairment to inform you of the symptoms and treatment.

A cognitive impairment affects memory, language, critical thinking, and judgment. It is important to note that with age come the degradation of our cognitive abilities and you are only suffering from a mild cognitive impairment if the issues are more pronounced than others.

The problem that many people face is they, and their family members, realize that some aspects of their mental abilities are lessening over time but because it is not serious enough to interfere with normal day to day activities they simply ignore it. The problem with this is people suffering from a cognitive impairment are more likely to develop a more severe condition.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are far more likely to develop in people that suffer from a mild cognitive impairment that goes untreated. This can be especially true if the main impairment is related to one’s memory. That is not to say that if you have a cognitive impairment you will develop worse symptoms, you are just at a higher risk.

Some of the symptoms that you need to look for to identify if you have worse symptoms than the normal and natural decline of cognitive abilities are: you forget things more frequently, you lose your train of thought, you have difficulty getting around familiar locations, you forget important things like appointments, and you begin to have increasingly poor judgment.

Many of these symptoms alone are part of the normal decline of cognitive abilities, but together they are a red flag. Also, look out for depression, anxiety, apathy, irritability, and aggression. These are further signs of a worse condition.

There are things that you can do to manage your symptoms. First, exercise has been found to help, even little things like going for a walk. Second, be sure to eat a good diet. Along with diet and exercise, if you are overweight it helps to lose a little weight and avoid smoking. Training regularly your brain with a scientifically validated brain fitness software can also helps. You need to keep training consistently to be able to notice improvements.

If you are suffering from depression it is important to begin seeking treatment. Finally, follow a brain training program that can help you strengthen your brain and hold off the degradation of your cognitive abilities.

The difference between mild cognitive impairments and the normal decline of our cognitive abilities can be tough to notice, especially later in age. Hopefully this article will help you be aware of the symptoms and possible treatments for cognitive impairments.