Among the symptoms of aging is memory loss. Confusion and general forgetfulness plague many as they age, and this can stir up fears of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and other forms of dementia. However, these diseases are on the severe end of the spectrum. More often, milder forms of memory loss and cognitive problems develop and impact a person's life. Some, such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), can be directly related to other lifestyle factors.
Mild cognitive impairment is memory loss that has not advanced to dementia but is severe enough to be considered abnormal for the individual's age. These symptoms may not severely affect quality of life but are noticeable. In some cases, MCI can develop into dementia or Alzheimers, but it can also be reversed and resolved. Some mild cognitive impairment can be brought on by aging, but there are also direct causes and risk factors related to lifestyle and genetics.
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