Mild Cognitive Impairment

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

MCI is defined as cognitive losses mild enough that they do not interfere with daily living. Amnestic MCI (MCI-AD) proceeds Alzheimer's. Non-amnestic MCI (MCI-LB) has fewer memory issues and more Lewy body related issues. MCI-LB can occur prior to Parkinson's. Upon a PD diagnosis, 40% will already have symptoms.

MCI-AD symptoms include:

  • Memory related losses
  • Slower thinking

MCI-LB symptoms include:

  • Common Lewy body symptoms, including hallucinations, which may or may not be seen as real (read more here)
  • Loss of executive skills such as planning, problem solving, initiating, multi-tasking, sequencing, and impulse control.
  • Compromised ability to perform known tasks
  • Slower thinking
  • Language fluency losses: the "it's on the tip of my tongue" syndrome
  • Compromised visual-spatial abilities, which may affect balance or driving

Treatment for any MCI includes those useful with all Lewy body disorders with a special focus on:

Medical: minimal


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