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A recent study by the National Institutes of Health found that older American Indians may experience higher levels of cognitive impairment than previously thought. The study, which included over 5,000 participants, found that nearly 40% of older American Indians had some form of cognitive impairment. This highlights the need for improved healthcare and support for this population.

Source: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/older-american-indians-may-experience-higher-levels-cognitive-impairment-previously-thought

Mild cognitive impairment is a form of early dementia that may go undetected in the elderly. Often there are no obvious changes in lifestyle or behaviour, leading to a lack of diagnosis or awareness. Medicare is making changes to their healthcare systems to ensure that all seniors receive proper and timely diagnosis of conditions such as mild cognitive impairment. This will ensure better quality of life for elderly individuals and will help reduce the rate of late-stage dementia diagnoses in the U.S.

It is estimated that up to 10 million Americans may have an undiagnosed mild cognitive impairment (MCI) causing memory and thinking problems but remain unaware of it. These individuals may have early Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia of which they are unaware and may not even be aware that their memory or thinking is not as good as it once was. The implications of this could be significant health issues in the future. Therefore, it is important for each individual to seek medical attention in case they have an undiagnosed MCI.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a decline in cognitive function beyond what is expected with normal aging. It can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and it is also associated with increased risk of further cognitive decline and disability. Early intervention and treatment of MCI can help significantly reduce progression of the condition and can benefit those who are diagnosed with it. Receiving a proper diagnosis of MCI can help people better manage their illness and remain independent.

Millions of Americans struggle with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) which is a nefarious and often misunderstood condition. While a diagnosis of MCI does not always inevitably lead to Alzheimer’s Disease, it is important to recognize as symptoms can cause memory loss and greater overall confusion and can serve as a precursor to major health issues. Early detection is key to enable early treatments and slow the progression of deterioration. With increased understanding and widespread diagnostic screening, we can and must help those affected by MCI.