MCI is the acronym for Mild Cognitive Impairment. It does not mean “Dementia” at this stage. A large percentage of those with this diagnosis never progress further than short-term memory loss. Research has shown with lifestyle changes, improvements in cognition are possible. 
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Family dynamics may increase the complexities of caregiving. Having a plan in place will help decrease stress levels for everyone.
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Can having positive thoughts about aging be a partial cure to Mild Cognitive Impairment?
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Just because someone is past a certain age and having problems with short term memory does not necessarily mean they have a dementia.
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When should you plan for such a move?  How do you do it? How do you choose a memory care facility, and what will be the cost?
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Full time caregiving of someone with a dementia is not an easy road, but there are steps you can take to avoid burnout.
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Understanding the brain and how it is impaired with the progression of dementia helps families understand dementia behaviors and find strategies that respect dignity and reduce stress.
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Anyone with this diagnosis can work on some lifestyle changes that can help them function better now and if they are on a path of a progressive illness like Alzheimer’s disease, work can be done on building cognitive reserve or new brain cells called neurogenesis.
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If you or a friend is a “solo senior” without family, it is very important to do some good planning for your next steps and those “what if’s” of a longer life, including considerations for housing, healthcare, and personal safety.
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Not all memory loss is dementia. Getting a good diagnosis will help the family with whatever journey they are to face.
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