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Mild Cognitive Impairment

Learn about the difference between normal aging and mild cognitive impairment.
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Understanding MCI

Learn the signs of MCI, how it is diagnosed, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

What is mild cognitive impairment?

As we age, some of our cognitive abilities gradually decline. We can’t remember quite as much when learning new information. We don’t process things quite as fast. Learning more complicated tasks becomes more difficult. However, we do continue to make lifelong memories, and even our vocabularies and wisdom may continue to improve into later life.

The changes associated with aging are subtle. Some degree of cognitive decline is normal and expected as we age. However, the changes associated with normal aging don’t impact a person’s ability to function independently.

Mild cognitive impairment or MCI, is diagnosed by a physician when people, their families, or friends notice that their memory and thinking skills have shown some signs of decline.

To learn more about mild cognitive impairment view our e-learning lesson or read our detailed overview.

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10 Effective Memory Strategies PDF Download

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Free, award-winning, online dementia education resource from McMaster University.

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McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

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MCI e-Learning

In this 20-minute multimedia lesson learn about the difference between normal aging and mild cognitive impairment. Discover what causes it, how it is diagnosed and if there are treatments.

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Symptoms of MCI

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, read through our detailed overview.

MCI Detailed Overview

Treatments and Prevention

There are a range of different management strategies for mild cognitive impairment depending on the cause. Learn more about tips for dealing with forgetfulness and how to reduce your risk of cognitive impairment.

Treatments Overview

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