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Mild Cognitive Impairment
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) causes a slight but noticeable decrease in cognitive abilities including memory, language, thinking and judgement. Approximately 15–20% of people aged 65 or older have MCI.
COMMON WARNING SIGNS
- Forgetfulness of dates, recent conversations and events
- Inability to make sound decisions
- Trouble judging time
- Difficulty executing tasks
- Increased anxiety and/or depression
- Increased irritability or aggression
What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
This population is has an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. For persons living with MCI, their close friends and family members are usually the first to notice changes, but may not think these changes are significant enough to warrant changes in daily routines and activities.
How Can We Help?
For persons living with MCI, Arden Courts encourage participation in small and large group activities to stimulate socialization and engagement. Small group activities shared with persons who have similar interests and preferences would stimulate remaining cognitive abilities. Exercise activities would also be encouraged as this type of programming would maintain good physical health and would provide opportunities to socialize in a safe environment.