Memory problems are typically one of the first recognizable signs of dementia related cognitive impairment. Some people with memory problems have a condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Early signs of cognitive impairment can include:

  • People with MCI have more memory problems than normal for their age, but their symptoms do not interfere with their everyday lives.
  • Movement difficulties and problems with the sense of smell have also been linked to MCI.
  • Older people with MCI are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s, but not all of them develop the disease and some may even go back to normal cognition levels.

The first symptoms of Alzheimer’s vary from person to person. For many, decline in non-memory aspects of cognition, such as word-finding, vision or spatial issues, impaired reasoning or judgment, may signal the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are studying biomarkers (biological signs of disease found in brain images, cerebrospinal fluid, and blood) to see if they can detect early changes in the brains of people with MCI and in cognitively normal people who may be at greater risk for Alzheimer’s.

Studies indicate that such early detection of Alzheimer’s disease may be possible, but more research is needed before these techniques can be relied upon to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in everyday medical practice.

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