The myth of mild cognitive impairment is that it’s a “precursor” to dementia. I see MCI referred to that way all the time.
And that’s just plain wrong.
Most people with mild cognitive impairment do not go on to develop dementia. In fact, many see their memory loss stabilize for long periods of time, and some even return to cognitively normal for their age.
But scientists are trying to find ways to more accurately identify whether a person will stabilize, or develop dementia. And research has identified a possible new culprit. It’s apathy, a condition often mistaken for depression. In today’s video, I explain what anyone with MCI should know about apathy.
Read the article by Tim Newman on Medical News Today here: Can Apathy Predict Dementia
See the Alzheimer’s Society resource guide on apathy, anxiety and depression by clicking here.
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