New to living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Posted by Janie @dougjanehaltom, Nov 20, 2020

I have recently been diagnosed with MCI and I'll be attending Mayo Clinic group on this. Each day just seems to bring me challenges. I have days when I get depressed because I feel like I'm being a burden to others. I will be attending MCI seminar at Mayo Clinic in January. I need help and support in this area.

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Re the difference among age-appropriate cognition, MCI, and dementia, a few months ago, I was shopping at the grocery store. The dairy aisle was crowded, so I left the cart and got what I needed in the dairy case. Absentmindedly (imagine that!) I placed the items in someone else's untended cart and rolled it toward the front of the store to check out. Near the cash register, I looked down and saw lots of middle-aisle, multi-ingredient "foods" that I'd never buy. I paused and realized I'd gotten the wrong cart!

If into full dementia, I wouldn't have noticed the wrong items and continued to believe I had the right cart thru checkout. With MCI, I realized that it was the wrong cart. With age-appropriate cognition (in my mid 70s), I would have realized that I'd approached the wrong cart and not wheeled off with it.

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