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Mild Cognitive Impairment

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a condition that means there is clear evidence of cognitive problems, most often involving learning and remembering new information. However individuals can still perform normal day to day activities such as managing household, medication, and financial matters. Most people with MCI recognize their memory is not as good as it was at one time. As a result, they often express concern they may develop a dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and want to take steps to preserve their memory.

The diagnosis of “mild cognitive impairment” means that an individual meets the following criteria:

  • Short term memory problems and/or problems involving other cognitive (thinking) areas such as language and reasoning
  • More cognitive difficulty than others of the same age and education
  • Normal function in all other areas of daily living (e.g. paying bills, managing medications)