Scientists have identified a Condition between normal age related memory loss and Dementia called mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Individuals with(MCI) have memory problem but are capable of performing routine activities. (MCI) usually points directly to Alzheimer’s , but not all those with (MCI) will end up developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Considered by a number of researchers to be an intermediate stage between normal aging and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is characterized by persistent forgetfulness, but lacks many of the more serious and debilitating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. According to some estimates, about 15 percent of people between ages 70 and 90 experience some degree of mild cognitive impairment.
There are five stages associated with Alzheimer’s disease:(1) preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, (2) mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease, (3) mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s,(4) moderate dementia due to Alzheimer’s, (5) and severe dementia due to Alzheimer’s. Dementia is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily function.
Memory problems are very typically one of the first signs of cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer’s disease. Some people with memory problems have a condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). In MCI, people have more memory problems than normal for their age group, but their symptoms usually do not interfere with their everyday activities. Mobility difficulties and problems with the sense of smell have also been associated or linked to MCI. Older people with MCI are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s, but not all of them do.
Brain Fog is a condition that most people are familiar with, and yet there is no medical term for it and it cannot be researched by putting ‘brain fog’ into an Internet search engine. The closest term would be ‘mild cognitive dysfunction,’ but this doesn’t really work as it encompasses a wide spectrum of often subtle changes.
A breakthrough treatment suggests that they can. In a study recently published in the journal Aging, Dale Bredesen, MD, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Program at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, presented an all-natural, multicomponent treatment program that reversed memory loss in four people with Alzheimer’s and in five people with either subjective cognitive impairment or mild cognitive impairment (the stages of memory loss that typically precede Alzheimer’s).
It first involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. People with AD may have trouble remembering things that happened recently or names of people they know. A related problem, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), causes more memory problems than normal for people of the same age. Many, but not all, people with MCI will develop AD.
Mild cognitive impairment generally doesn’t prevent a person from carrying out everyday tasks and being socially engaged. Researchers are also in the midst of deciding if short term memory loss is actually early Alzheimer’s.