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Mild Cognitive Impairment

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is progressive memory loss or processing that generally happens after age 50 and is beyond what is expected with normal age-related cognitive decline.

However, MCI does not meet the list of criteria needed for a specific dementia diagnosis. A senior who has mild cognitive impairment may show signs of memory deficits that are more than expected for her age or education level while other cognitive functioning remains normal.

Also, generally, activities of daily living are completed independently and in normal fashion. Sometimes MCI is a term used in the medical field when no specific dementia diagnosis has been rendered, but symptoms have become much more distinctly obvious to family members.