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What it Means When Your Memory Begins to Fail
Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:11 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: Miami Herald) - Nora Mesa can easily recount the life she established in South Florida after leaving Cuba in 1968. But about a year ago, she realized her memory was slipping. Names of people or places she once knew were suddenly out of reach when she was about to say them. That's when Mesa sought medical help.

Her physician referred her to Dr. Ranjan Duara, of the Wien Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai Medical Center (Miami, FL). After a series of scans and memory tests, Mesa was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an intermediate stage between the cognitive decline associated with normal aging and dementia.


"The distinction between mild cognitive impairment and what we call dementia is how much impairment there is and to what extent it's affecting their ability to function in whatever capacity they've been functioning previously," Duara said. "It may seem somewhat an imprecise way of defining it but that's the only way."

Not everybody with MCI develops Alzheimer's or another dementia. And doctors say that if it's caught early, patients may be able to make lifestyle changes that could delay dementia.


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