Becoming forgetful and taking more time to process information are common cognitive changes associated with aging. But for some people, these changes in memory are more pronounced—this is known as mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. Changes consistent with mild memory loss are noticeable to both the individual and to friends and family, but they are not severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to live independently.
Specialists at NYU Langone offer expert diagnosis for people experiencing memory problems, and can determine whether symptoms are due to mild cognitive impairment or to a type of dementia. Our neurologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers can identify the cause of memory loss and plan a course of treatment that’s right for you or your family member. This interdisciplinary approach, in combination with our world-class research capabilities, has earned NYU Langone a reputation as one of the most comprehensive centers for the diagnosis of and care for people with all types of memory disorders.
Although there is no treatment for memory loss at this time, research shows that being active and making healthy choices may prevent or slow mild cognitive impairment. NYU Langone clinicians often recommend that people experiencing memory loss eat a healthy diet, get exercise, drink alcohol only in moderation, stay mentally active, and quit smoking to preserve cognitive health.
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