What to do about mild cognitive impairment

MCI can be tough to identify, but there may be ways to postpone, and possibly prevent, its impact on memory and thinking.

Everyone has the occasional bout of forgetfulness, whether it's misplacing your keys or blanking out on a name. But if these episodes become frequent or interfere with daily life, you may have mild cognitive impairment, or MCI.

MCI falls somewhere between the usual cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. An estimated 10% to 20% of adults older than 65 have MCI, according to the Alzheimer's Association. But this gray area of brain health is often difficult to detect.

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