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Janie (@dougjanehaltom)

Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Brain & Nervous System | Last Active: Feb 22, 2021 | Replies (83)

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@dougjanehaltom

Thanks, so much, Chris! I am 70. Does this mean that Iwill just have mild Cognitive impairment or will this go into Alzheimers? I am trying to do everything that I can to avoid getting worse. Is that even possible? I am so thankful for this support group!

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Hi @dougjanehaltom Janie, You asked "Does this mean that I will just have mild Cognitive impairment or will this go into Alzheimers?"

That's a question most people ask when diagnosed with MCI. The Directors of the HABIT program answer that question and other commonly asked question in this blog post:
– Common Questions After Being Diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed-post/what-is-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci-questions-you-may-have-after-being-diagnosed-with-mc/

"MCI is often considered the beginning signs of a progressive disorder, such as early stage Alzheimer’s disease. 30%-50% of patients with MCI progress to a diagnosis of dementia, often with an underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease in 5 years. However, MCI does not always progress to dementia. Some patients experience improvement and some stay stable over time. It is unfortunately difficult to predict at this time for an individual patient if decline will occur, or how rapidly decline will progress."

New research shows that lifestyle can help slow progression. See here:
– Combination of Healthy Lifestyle Traits may Substantially reduce Alzheimer's https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed-post/combination-of-healthy-lifestyle-traits-may-substantially-reduce-alzheimers/

You might appreciate following the MCI blog and reading through past posts here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/

Janie, what are some of your favorite activities?

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