Getting out in front of mild cognitive impairment
Good habits, simplified choices, and memory tools can help you cope.
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a slight but noticeable change in thinking and memory skills, and it affects the ability to work, earn money, and remain independent. "You may miss appointments, lose things frequently, have difficulty recalling names or words you'd like to use. You may also have a harder time finding familiar places and keeping track of important dates," says Dr. James Ellison, director of the geriatric psychiatry program at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. MCI affects different areas of cognition for different people. But you can limit MCI's daily impact with simple steps.