Some people have memory loss but do not have
dementia. They have what is known as mild cognitive
impairment, a middle ground between normal aging and dementia. People with this
condition are at risk for developing dementia; but not all people with
mild cognitive impairment will progress to dementia.
People with mild cognitive impairment often know that they have lost
memory, and tests can confirm some loss. But they have normal overall mental
functioning and can carry out normal activities of daily living.
There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. There are, however, many ways to treat symptoms and problems associated with the disease. Some Alzheimer’s treatments involve medications. Others are non-medical Alzheimer’s therapies like art, music, and more. The goal of an Alzheimer’s therapy is to help the person maintain a better quality of life.
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Doctors should evaluate people with memory loss, and those with mild
cognitive impairment should be monitored because of their risk for developing
dementia. Several studies are being done to see whether medicine can delay dementia in people who have mild cognitive impairment.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology
June 23, 2011
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June 23, 2011
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