Mild Cognitive Impairment

What Might Be Behind Your Forgetfulness

Studies suggest that 10 to 20 percent of individuals aged 65 and older may have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills. A person with MCI is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

Mild cognitive impairment causes cognitive changes that are serious enough to be noticed by the individuals experiencing them or those around them, but the changes are not severe enough to interfere with daily life or independent function. Because the changes caused by MCI are not severe enough to affect daily life, a person with MCI does not meet diagnostic guidelines for dementia.

The causes of mild cognitive impairment are not yet completely understood, and there are currently no tests or procedures to demonstrate conclusively that a person has MCI. No medications are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat MCI.

If you or your physician suspect MCI, our team will work with you to develop a brain-health treatment plan to best meet your needs.