Mild Cognitive Impairment


What is Mild Cognitive Impairment

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a broad term for patients presenting with memory loss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 16 million Americans ages 18 and older are living with cognitive impairment. MCI may be a result of physical trauma to the brain but are more frequently linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment may include any number of the following:

  • Memory loss

  • Forgetting names of people or objects

  • Having trouble exercising judgement

  • Asking the same question multiple times

  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks

  • Difficulty following instructions

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Impacted Areas of the Brain

Mild cognitive impairment can be a result of many different neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, toxic brain injuries, stroke, or a neurodegenerative disease. The temporal lobes are located on the sides of the left and right hemisphere and have been linked to memory, language, and communication. Reduced blood flow to the temporal lobes has been associated with the symptoms commonly associated with MCI.

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