Is it Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) causes a slight decline in cognitive ability. Family and close friends may notice differences as a senior ages. Once sharp and easily able to recall information, a senior may find that their memory is slipping. To some extent, this is a normal age-related change, but in some cases, mild cognitive impairment can progress to dementia. The caregivers at FootPrints In-Home Care have experience working with dementia clients and seniors with mild cognitive impairment. Here are the main differences:
Mild cognitive impairment is not quite as severe as Alzheimer’s or other cognitive diseases. While mild cognitive impairment results in noticeable changes in cognitive ability, dementia makes every day activities extremely difficult. Those with dementia may experience difficulty keeping track of medications, driving, and impaired judgement. Mild cognitive impairment however, while inconvenient, does not interfere with daily life.
That’s not to say that mild cognitive impairment isn’t serious. People with MCI have a higher risk of developing dementia in the future. If you know a senior living with MCI, familiarize yourself with some of the memory boosting strategies in this Psychology Today article.
Scientists are not yet able to tell with certainty which MCI cases will eventually progress to dementia. While MCI increases the chances of developing a cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, that is not always the case. The best thing to do is work on developing good memory habits in the meantime and staying cognitively engaged. The caregivers at FootPrints In-Home Care are skilled at working with seniors with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Our caregivers can assist in keeping track of medications and providing intellectually stimulating companionship. Give us a call to learn more and ask for a free in-home assessment.Copyright: szefei / 123RF Stock Photo