Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

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Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

First, allow me to describe some of the symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). If you’re living with MCI you will most likely begin to notice a decline in your short-term memory and you mat even experience problems with speaking, thinking and judgments at a greater level than most normal age-related changes. Expect to have problems thinking of words or recalling a person’s name and, depending on the severity, not being able to recollect them at all.

Symptoms may also include forgetting things more than normal, such as important events, appointments or social engagements. Losing your train of thought in the middle of a conversations is something else to watch for, along with feeling overwhelmed by having to make decisions or understanding instructions. Dreams . . . yes, it may even become difficult to determine whether your dreams are truly dreams or reality.

Your family and friends may notice changes in your behavior, but I wouldn’t depend too heavily on this kind of diagnosis. We know how those living with dementia have a talent for fooling others when in earlier stages.

Other symptoms you may encounter may include depression, irritability, aggression, anxiety and apathy. Even lethargy may come into play.

Persons with MCI have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related diseases, especially if the main change is short-term memory. This progression is likely to occur within five years of the diagnosis of MCI. Thankfully, not everyone with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. For example, those that have encountered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may live out their lives with or without cognitive impairment. It all depends on the severity of the injury. Happily, there are some that are known to recover 100%.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment test (MoCA) looks for scores between 24-22 to consider as MCI. Lower scores will raise red flags, putting more folks in the dementia category. I highly recommend everyone get tested three different times, not all on the same day, and determine an average.

There are so many different causes of MCI that I won’t even go there. What I will say, however, is that a diagnosis of MCI may stop someone from receiving disability benefits. We are seeing many diagnosed with a dementia related disease get re-diagnosed to MCI and lose what benefits they had in place. This is heartbreaking and one might say, myself included, follow the money!

Those living with MCI will most likely get re-diagnosed once again within a couple of years. This will take them back to where they were before and then they have to go through the process of applying all over again for benefits and Medicaid.
If you’re experiencing cognitive issues it’s essential that you see a Neurologist. It is important that a professional determines exactly what’s going on. It could be a lack of vitamin B, high blood pressure, depression . . . the list goes on.
If you’re even simply questioning your cognitive health, that’s enough for me. Talk with your physician as soon as you can.

Living with MCI is very difficult. The first step is talking about it honestly.

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Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake
Dementia-Related Diseases and Care Seminar
1962 Eagle Drive
Woodstock, Georgia
Sept 14th Meet-N-Greet 6:30 pm Seminar 7 pm

Alzheimer’s Music Fest
Woodstock, Georgia
Sept. 15th (All day event)

Pasco County Sheriff’s Department
Dementia Awareness Class
Shady Hills, Florida
Sept. 18th. 1:00 pm

Spring Oaks – Meridian Senior Living
Dementia Care Training (Staff only)
7251 Grove Road
Brooksville, Florida
Sept. 19th

Central Florida Disaster Coalition
Dementia Awareness Class
St. Lucie Emergency Operations Center
15305 West Midway Road
Ft. Pierce, Florida
Sept. 20th 1:00 pm

Hernando County Sheriff’s Department
Dementia Awareness Class
Brooksville, Florida
Oct. 10th 8:30 am

Halifax Healthy Living Center
Dementia Care Seminar
761 E. International Speedway Blvd.
Deland, Florida
Oct. 18th 2:00 pm

Buena Vida Estates
Dementia Care Training
Afternoon Class Open to the Public
2129 W. New Haven Ave
West Melbourne, Florida
Oct 23rd

Sunshine Gardens West
Dementia Care Training
(Afternoon Class Open to Public)
25 Sunshine Ct
Durango, Colorado
Oct 25th

Nona Home Healthcare
Dementia Care Seminar
Sebring, Florida
Nov. 7th 10:00 am

Purple Angel Dementia Friendly Business Training
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office
400 So. Eucalyptus St.
Sebring, Florida
Nov. 7th 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Western Kansas Alzheimer’s Assoc. Conference
Dementia Hospital Wristband Program
Wichita, Kansas
Nov. 14th

Forest Oaks of Spring Hill
Dementia Care Seminar
8055 Forest Oak Blvd.
Spring Hill, Florida
Nov. 15th 2:00 pm

Superior Residences of Clermont
Dementia Care Seminar
1600 Hunt Trace Blvd.
Clermont, Florida
Nov. 21st

Hospice of Acadiana
Dementia-Related Disease & Care Seminar
2600 Johnston Street
Lafayette, Louisiana
Jan. 9th

8th Annual United Way
Dementia Care Symposium
St Frances Cabrini
Spring Hill, Florida
Jan. 24th

Hernando Health Department
Dementia Awareness/Hurricane Shelters Preparedness
Spring Hill, Florida
Feb. 21st

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Stay strong everyone!
Gary Joseph LeBlanc, CDCS

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