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Friday, February 10

What is MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment)?

DIAGNOSIS VIDEO:

Worried about memory? Many people notice serious memory and thinking slips, though the problems don't get in the way of day-to-day life. Is it pre-dementia? To understand what's going on, see Emory University explain what doctors call "MCI".



Some people develop cognitive and memory problems that are not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia but are more pronounced than the cognitive changes associated with normal aging. This condition is called mild cognitive impairment. Although many patients with this condition later develop dementia, many do not. Many researchers are studying mild cognitive impairment to find ways to treat it or prevent it from progressing to dementia.



SOURCE:
  • Emory University

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  1. my husband was diagnosed about a year ago with mild cognitive impairment. Recently he went through 3 hours of neuro-psychological testing and the neurologist said she felt that it was due to Alzheimer's since there seemed to be no other cause. The "Alzheimer's diagnosis" hit me hard. Is there still hope that this could be something else...that it will not progress? They have not done an MRI yet, but that is in the plans yet to be scheduled as well as a full blood workup. Is it too early to call this Alzheimer's? Or should we be just accepting this diagnosis? What can we do?

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    1. Ginny, get a "second opinion". As the old saying goes: Two heads are better than one. :)

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    2. You can also check out the video:

      How Dementia is Diagnosed,

      or go to the green box towards the bottom of this page called "Dementia Guide". CLICK ON DIAGNOSIS for a series of videos and articles that offer a quick education on many of the basics of getting a good diagnosis.

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    3. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  2. You have described exactly what happened to my wife. At first MCI, and then "mild Alzheimer's". In our case, I believe the testing and the resulting diagnosis. We have only one hope--the EMERGE study. Please check it out. There is a 66% chance of getting the drug aducanumab if your husband is diagnosed early enough. If he is too far gone, they will not take him in the study. In Texas, our point of contact in Houston is Michelle Espirita, 713-484-6947. Don't wait too long.

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