December 1, 2011

It’s Mild Cognitive Impairment. Now What?


How would you react to a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment — memory problems that allow you to continue normal daily activities, but presage an increased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease within a few years? Mild cognitive impairment is a relatively recent term, first used by a Mayo Clinic team publishing in 1999. It acquired an official diagnostic code, allowing doctors to bill insurers for reimbursement, only a few years ago…In a recent Mayo Clinic study, 16 percent of almost 2,000 adults ages 70 to 89 in one Minnesota county were found to have mild cognitive impairment.

NY Times, By Paula Span, 11/28/11

Tags: mild cognitive impairment, Neurology

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