Do You Have Mild Cognitive Impairment?

As published in Boomer Times & Senior Life Florida March 2019

    Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is defined as an overall loss in all areas of mental ability; reasoning, judgement, memory, language, concentration etc.

   Memory is not necessarily the first thing that starts to slip; but it is often the first thing that we notice starting to slip.

   Perhaps we do not remember where we left our glasses, keys, cell phones or where we parked our car or forget what we were just talking about, in the middle of a conversion. Perhaps we have difficulty finding our way back to a familiar location such as a store or restaurant. These lapses in memory occur occasionally for everyone and are a normal part of aging.

   If you were never good at remembering names and now you find you still can’t remember names, don’t worry, nothing has changed.

   The red flag is when you were once good at remembering and now the frequency of these memory lapses is increasing. A worsening or decrease in your mental abilities often signals the onset of MCI.

   MCI may get a little worse over time and then just stop; or it may continue to march down the time line and end in dementia.

   Not every case of MCI will end up in dementia; not by any means. However, every case of dementia, regardless of cause, starts out as MCI.

   The best approach is to prevent cognitive decline from happening in the first place. The good news is that MCI can be slowed, prevented and in many cases reversed. We will discuss how to achieve this in next months issue.

   Mean time you can test your memory with a series of free, fun, self scored memory tests by going to www.smarternextyear.com and clicking the free memory test tab

Dr David Bardsley