Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
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The brain is a complex organ and it can be subject to a range of conditions that affect it in similar ways. One such condition is Mild Cognitive Impairment, often abbreviated to MCI.
MCI describes a set of symptoms rather than a specific disease and is different from dementia.
A person with MCI experiences minor problems with cognition. They may have difficulties with memory or thinking, but not to the extent that it impacts on their ability to live independently. It’s estimated that between 5% and 20% of people aged over 65 have MCI.
MCI can be hard to identify and assessments often aren’t sensitive enough to detect it; but it is more than just the normal aging of the brain and can impact on a person’s wellbeing
MCI does not always lead to dementia. However, it is important that it is identified so people affected by it can be supported and receive appropriate information, treatment and advice.
Promoting good brain health is an important factor in treating MCI. This means trying to achieve good quality sleep, using stress management techniques, getting treatment for anxiety and depression, and ensuring good cerebral vascular health.
By paying attention to brain health, the risk profile of MCI can be managed, and the symptoms reduced and, in some cases, even reversed.
Dementia Carers Count has further resources on promoting good brain health, and if you feel that you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of MCI, Dementia Carers Count can point you in the right direction.