Some forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. However, some people have more memory problems than other people their age.
Also called: MCI Some forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. However, some people have more memory problems than other people their age. This condition is called mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. People with MCI can take care of themselves and do their normal activities. MCI memory problems may include
• Losing things often
• Forgetting to go to events and appointments
• Having more trouble coming up with words than other people of the same age
Your healthcare provider can do thinking, memory, and language tests to see if you have MCI. He or she also may suggest that you see a specialist for more tests. Because MCI may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s really important to see your healthcare provider every 6 to 12 months. At this time, there is no proven treatment for MCI. Your healthcare provider can check to see if you have any changes in your memory or thinking skills over time.