Mild Cognitive Impairment

Caring for an individual with memory problems can be difficult and stressful. What is mild cognitive impairment? Usually this signifies change in cognition (memory and the ability to understand one’s world), essentially the way a person thinks. Cognition includes memory and the ability to understand one’s world.

Symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment MCI:

· Depression

· Difficulty forming short-term memories

· Difficulty communicating complete thoughts

· Easily distracted

· Forgetfulness

· Inability to concentrate

· Mental fog, confusion

Diagnosing MCI

Most people see a physician when some changes in cognition are observed. Blood testing can be done, as well as neurological tests and brain imaging.

Tips for Caring for a loved one with MCI:

1. Be Educated: If you’re providing care for a loved one with MCI, the better informed you are about the condition, the better you’ll be able to provide positive care.

2. Create a positive environment: Make sure the person has plenty to do. An active mind is a healthy mind and keeping their mind and body active is often the best thing a caregiver can do. This can include reading a book or playing games, visiting a museum, or going for a walk.

3. Diet and exercise. A healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables coupled with exercise has a positive impact on the brain and cognitive function..

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