Also referred to as MCI, mild cognitive impairment is a condition that causes thinking problems or memory issues in people, but which is not particularly related to age. Compared to Alzheimer’s related dementia (or Alzheimer’s itself), MCI symptoms are not as severe. For the most part, MCI affected individuals can carry out normal daily activities and take care of themselves. If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with MCI, you may be looking for some tips as to how to help them manage mild cognitive impairment. You will find some information here.
Alzheimer’s and MCI
People are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s related dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease itself, if they have MCI. For people more than 64 years of age, over a one-year period, approximately two of 10 may develop dementia if they already have MCI. More times than not, however, MCI symptoms can either improve or stay the same.
Signs and Symptoms
Several signs of mild cognitive impairment include the following:
- Forgetting to attend events of importance
- Frequently losing things
- Difficulty finding the right words
As of now, there is no medication or specific MCI treatment. To help someone with MCI manage their thinking and stay healthy, there are some things that can be done. One of the most beneficial practices could be to keep one’s brain as active as possible.
Here are some more tips for managing MCI:
- If, for weeks at a time, the person feels depressed, they need to get help.
- Do not over-consume alcohol.
- Eat well and exercise.
- Try to get between seven and eight hours of sleep every night (or enough sleep for the individual in question).
- Spend time with family and friends.
- Participate in volunteer work (i.e., at a place of worship, at school, in the community, etc.).
- Learn a new skill.
- Assign a place for commonly used objects and make sure that, every day, it is returned there after use.
- Use memory tools such as notes, to do lists, calendars, etc.
- Stick to a daily routine.
Approximately every 6 to 12 months, people with MCI should check in with their doctor. This is done to track thinking skills over time as well as changes in memory.
Getting the Care and Encouragement Your Loved One Needs
Our SHINE Memory Care program offers your loved one living with mild cognitive impairment a chance to live as independently as possible but also get the assistance they require. You can rest easy and sleep better at night knowing your loved one is receiving the care, treatment, and attention they need to live a happy, productive life. Our skilled care team is well-versed in the needs of those with memory related conditions.
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