Impairment of areas of the brain that process memory and language, and maintain attention and focus. While memory and cognition are impaired these deficits are not severe enough to be considered dementia. Approximately 70% of patients with MCI develop AD within 10 years. Generally MCI patients demonstrate the same risk factors as AD patients. Nearly 8 million Americans suffer from MCI.
A relatively new diagnosis of those experiencing more severe cognitive deterioration than normal age-related cognitive decline, but not yet experiencing the full clinical symptoms of Alzheimerâ€™s disease or another form of dementia. An estimated 23% of those over age 65 have mild cognitive impairment, and each year a substantial portion (15â€“20%) of them advance to a diagnosis of Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
a condition associated with impairments in understanding and memory not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia, but more pronounced than those associated with normal aging.