Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): n. a mental health condition characterized by a moderate but noticeable decline in cognitive ability
MCI has been linked to risk factors such as increasing age, a family history of dementia or Alzheimer's and factors related to cardiovascular disease. Some people with MCI may eventually develop dementia; others do not get worse while some even return to normal. Like many other mental health disorders, MCI can't be diagnosed with any physical test, at least at the moment. Similarly, research has been inconclusive on how MCI should be treated, although some studies have suggested that exercising and participating in mentally stimulating activities help slow cognitive decline.
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