Senior Health

Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an early stage of memory loss where symptoms are noticeable–but individuals can still perform most daily activities.

MCI can develop for a variety of reasons, including dementia. However, it also may not be related. For those with neurodegenerative diseases, MCI can be an early stage of the disease continuum that includes Alzheimer's (if the hallmark changes in the brain are present).

In some individuals, MCI can either remain stable or reverse--resulting in prior cognitive abilities. Note that not all cognitive impairment is MCI. Medications can even cause cognitive impairment. As a result, individuals experiencing cognitive changes should meet with their provider for diagnosis and possible treatment.

You can find more information by consulting the Alzheimer's Association: