As we age, some of our cognitive abilities gradually decline. We can’t remember quite as much when learning new information. We don’t process things quite as fast. Learning more complicated tasks becomes more difficult. However, we do continue to make lifelong memories, and even our vocabularies and wisdom may continue to improve into later life.
The changes associated with aging are subtle. Some degree of cognitive decline is normal and expected as we age. However, the changes associated with normal aging don’t impact a person’s ability to function independently.
Mild cognitive impairment or MCI, is diagnosed by a physician when people, their families, or friends notice that their memory and thinking skills have shown some signs of decline.
Learn the answers to the following questions:
What is MCI?
How is it different from normal aging and dementia?
What causes it, how is it diagnosed, and are there treatments?
Here are some other resources about this topic that you may find helpful after completing this lesson.
What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Watch this 3 minute video featuring Janet Cellar, DNP discussing the question "Is this just normal aging or is this mild cognitive impairment?'.Watch Video
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Learn more about MCI including assessment of, implications for the person affected and their family members and information you need to know to live well with MCI.Download PDF
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