By Dr. Kerry de Jesus
It’s not unusual to walk into a room and forget what we went in there for. It happens to everyone occasionally, but how do we know if it’s part of the normal aging process or something more serious?
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a condition that sits between normal aging and dementia (such as Alzheimer’s Disease), and is often experienced as difficulty remembering new information, forgetting appointments, trouble following conversations, and losing one’s train of thought.
Usually people with MCI can still work and take care of themselves, but they notice these problems occurring more and more frequently. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 1 in 5 people over age 65 have MCI, and having MCI increases the likelihood of later developing dementia.
If you or your family starts to notice these difficulties, it might be time to get your memory checked by your care provider or apply for an MCI research study at CTT. You can also call 210-949-0122 for more information.
Kerry de Jesus, Psy.D., is a psychologist and investigator at Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc. (CTT)