Mild Cognitive Impairment
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- Family history of MCI-AT, dementia, or Alzheimer's
- Medical conditions, such as high blood pressure , heart disease, diabetes , stroke , head injury, depression , anxiety , or infections
- Lack of physical activity
- Substance abuse
- Lack of social contact
- Low educational level
- Excessive response to stress
- Poor nutrition and lack of vitamins
- Exposure to toxins
- Remember much less of what you have just read or seen than people who have only the normal memory changes of aging
- Take longer to recall information
- Memory and cognitive skill tests
- Blood tests
- Lumbar puncture —to test the fluid around the brain and spinal cord for possible causes
Preventing, or at least slowing down, further loss of memory and other cognitive abilities using
- Cognitive intervention
- Occupational therapy
- Preventing dementia and Alzheimer's disease
- Manage medical conditions, especially high blood pressure
- Manage psychiatric conditions, such as depression
- Stay mentally active by doing things like memory exercises, crossword puzzles, reading, and taking classes
- Get regular exercise
- Participate in social activities
- Reduce stress
- Eat a healthful diet
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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