What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
It’s not unusual to walk into a room and forget what we went in there for. It happens to everyone occasionally, but how do we know if it’s part of the normal aging process or something more serious? Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a condition that sits between normal aging and dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease), and is often experienced as difficulty remembering new information, forgetting appointments, trouble following conversations, and losing one’s train of thought. Usually people with MCI can still work and take care of themselves, but they notice these problems occurring more and more frequently. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 1 in 5 people over age 65 have MCI, and having MCI increases the likelihood of later developing dementia. If you or your family starts to notice these difficulties, it might be time to get your memory checked by your care provider.
Kerry de Jesus, Psy.D., is a psychologist and investigator at Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc. (CTT)
CTT is a woman-owned local company, founded in 2001. This multitherapeutic site conducts clinical trials across areas important to our community such as diabetes, fatty liver and Alzheimer’s Disease. You can learn more about participating in our trials by visiting SAresearch.com or calling 210-949-0122.