MCI...any insights?

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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/25/2015 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Alzheimer's Forum!
 
First of all, I want to express my condolences to all of you affected by this condition, and wish you the best of possible health and management of the issues going on in your/loved one's situations.
 
My mom has been experiencing some short term memory loss and cognitive decline for some time. (going on about 2 yrs.)
 
Today, we had her assessed by a neurologist who dx'd her with MCI (milld cognitive impairment)
 
He said that this is not necessarily progressive, and that it may or may not develop into Alzheimer's eventually.  He stated about 50% of patients with MCI go on to develop AD.
 
Aside from this issue, mild depression and chronic Mono/fatigue, she is a healthy 78 year old, with no family history of AD.
 
I suppose I am seeking any further information or personal experiences with MCI that anyone can offer.
 
Thank you in advance, and again...the best of health management to all of you here!
 
Scaredy Cat
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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 2/25/2015 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
For everyone reading:

"Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. It can involve problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes. If you have mild cognitive impairment, you may be aware that your memory or mental function has "slipped." Your family and close friends also may notice a change. But generally these changes aren't severe enough to interfere with your day-to-day life and usual activities.

Mild cognitive impairment may increase your risk of later progressing to dementia, caused by Alzheimer's disease or other neurological conditions. But some people with mild cognitive impairment never get worse, and a few eventually get better."
www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mild-cognitive-impairment/basics/definition/con-20026392

SC, I think everyone over 50 can relate to this.... My dad started here and ended up with full blown dementia....

I'd call him to say I was coming over...An hour later when I got there he was surprised to see me.. But things would go well with the visit and we do out to lunch etc and all was fine.

Course a few days later he'd ask when I was coming over and that he hadn't seen me in a while...

Try to keep your mom busy and make her use her brain to keep it active. If you haven't been there - don't argue with her... If it's on a subject that isn't too important - just agree with her.

As the article above mentioned, she knows her memory is slipping. It'll make her frustrated at times... Just go with the flow.

Good luck.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/25/2015 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Steve. :)

I appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge and personal experience with me. I am sure you are/were a wonderful carer for your dad!

I will take the above advice...it is very helpful to talk to others who have been in the same place.

I am sure I will be back eventually with more questions, updates, ect...

Well wishes to all.

S.C.
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Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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