Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Dementia: Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?

Introduction

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Overview

We know that some memory loss is associated with getting older. We forget someone’s name, where we put the keys, the date. But if memory loss is becoming troublesome, and you notice that it’s happening more and more, you may have what’s known as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

This fact sheet provides information about MCI, practical tips for coping with its effects, and suggestions for how family members or friends can help.

 

Suy giảm nhận thức nhẹ (MCI) (Mild Cognitive Impairment)

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가벼운 인지능력 손상 (MCI - Mild Cognitive Impairment)

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

 

가벼운 인지능력 손상(MCI)
(Mild Cognitive Impairment)

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My Last Gift to Them . . . the Most Excellent People I Know

Almost eight years ago, I was a divorced woman living in the house I had owned since 1989. However, I had become unemployed about 6 months before my husband left me. I was given alimony for eighteen months, was allowed to keep the house, for which we had already fallen behind in paying the mortgage, and my ex was given all of the bills we had. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer, and all debts and obligations were then turned back to me. . . . In the time I was unemployed I was trying to get a business idea going—in upholstery.

Diagnosing Dementia

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

事实表 : 是痴呆症吗? 什么是痴呆症? (Is this Dementia and What Does It Mean?)

Guidelines for Better Communication with Brain Impaired Adults

Communicating with a loved one with a brain disorder can indeed be challenging. Finding the right words and getting your point across are difficult under normal circumstances.This difficulty is often compounded by your role as a caregiver. And although there are no easy solutions, following some basic guidelines should ease communication, and lower levels of stress both for you and for the care recipient.

Caring for Adults with Cognitive and Memory Impairment

Caregiving: A Universal Occupation

Dementia and Driving

When an individual is diagnosed with dementia, one of the first concerns that families and caregivers face is whether or not that person should drive. A diagnosis of dementia may not mean that a person can no longer drive safely. In the early stages of dementia, some—though not all—individuals may still possess skills necessary for safe driving. Most dementia, however, is progressive, meaning that symptoms such as memory loss, visual-spatial disorientation, and decreased cognitive function will worsen over time.

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