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Mild Cognitive Impairment

People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment. Family and friends may notice these changes and they show up on tests, but they are usually not serious enough to interfere with daily life.

Because the problems do not interfere with daily activities, the person does not meet criteria for being diagnosed with dementia. People with MCI may go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the next few years, especially when their main problem is memory. But not everyone diagnosed with MCI goes on to develop Alzheimer’s.

A diagnosis of MCI can lead to many unanswered questions. "Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Guide to Maximizing Brain Health and Reducing Risk of Dementia," by Canadian researchers Drs. Nicole Anderson, Kelly Murphy and Angela Troyer, provides helpful information about how MCI is diagnosed and practical strategies on how to improve one's brain health. Read more about the book or purchase it.

Also be sure to watch this free webinar on living with mild cognitive impairment, presented by the Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange.


Last Updated: 10/03/13