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Mild Cognitive Impairment
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Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is defined as the symptomatic predementia stage on the continuum of cognitive decline. It is a condition in which an individual has mild but measurable problems with memory, language, thinking or judgment that are noticeable to the person affected and to family member.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is defined as the symptomatic predementia stage on the continuum of cognitive decline. It is a condition in which an individual has mild but measurable problems with memory, language, thinking or judgment that are noticeable to the person affected and to family member.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is characterised by symptoms that are often associated with dementia, such as memory, language and judgement. However, MCI symptoms are, as its name suggests, more mild, and are unlikely to have a significant impact on day to day life.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is defined as the symptomatic predementia stage on the continuum of cognitive decline. It is a condition in which an individual has mild but measurable problems with memory, language, thinking or judgment that are noticeable to the person affected and to family member.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is defined as the symptomatic predementia stage on the continuum of cognitive decline. It is a condition in which an individual has mild but measurable problems with memory, language, thinking or judgment that are noticeable to the person affected and to family member.

The progression of Mild Cognitive Impairment will depend on the individual - for some, the symptoms can dissipate, whereas for others, they can worsen and eventually develop into dementia. Seeking professional support early on is key to ensure the appropriate management of the symptoms.

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What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Mild Cognitive Impairment is defined as ‘the symptomatic predementia stage on the continuum of cognitive decline’. It is a condition in which an individual has mild but measurable problems with memory, language, thinking or judgement that are noticeable to the person affected and to family members.

While symptoms are usually noticeable, cognitive problems associated with MCI are not usually severe enough to require day-to-day assistance. Usual, daily activities can be managed by the individual, even if they are experiencing all of the common MCI symptoms.

If you think you have Mild Cognitive Impairment, you might be aware of things such as your memory or mental function having “slipped” over the last few months. Your family and close friends may have also noticed small changes in your behaviour. If this is the case, the best option is to seek professional diagnosis and support so that you can ensure your MCI doesn’t develop into anything more serious.

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Same Day Consultations

Dementech Neurosciences will provide patients with same day consultations whenever possible.

Quality Tests, Assessments & Scans

Diagnosis and treatments will sometimes involve tests and scans, which can usually be completed within 2 days.

Patient Advisor Consultations

An experienced  Patient Advisor will provide your bespoke treatment recommendations for your condition.

Prices start from £250

We’re always transparent about our pricing structure – book 30-minute consultations for £250, or 60-minute consultations from £450.

Video Consultations Available

For those who cannot attend in-clinic appointments, video consultations  are also available at Dementech.

What are The Symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment?

MCI is a condition in which an individual has mild but measurable problems with memory, language, thinking or judgement that are usually noticeable to family members as well as the person affected. However, while symptoms of MCI can be noticable, they don’t generally affect daily life very much. Therefore, a person with MCI (and those around them), may not notice the symptoms during the initial stages.

The most significant symptoms of MCI include the following, but these will differ depending on the individual:

Memory

You may find that you are misplacing items or you may have trouble remembering recent conversations.

Mood and behaviour

You may become irritable, anxious or low in mood.

Disorientation

You may have confusion about time and place.

Thinking Skills

You may have problems with planning, reasoning or completing tasks. For example, you may have trouble managing money.

Language

You may have problems finding the right words during conversations.

Attention

You may be finding it difficult to concentrate. Such as following conversations, or following the story of a TV programme.

Symptoms of MCI are usually consistent with age. As our bodies change, so do our brains, and it is completely natural to have some difficulty with memory, language and other functions as we grow older. No matter how mild your impairments seem, it can bring peace of mind if you receive professional diagnosis, and will also support the prevention of other issues.

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How is Mild Cognitive Impairment Diagnosed?

Dementech Neurosciences offers a wide range of cutting-edge services, specifically designed for people with MCI, such as the Dementech Biomarker Tools and genetic counselling appointments. We also use CANTAB technology, as well neuroimaging such as MRI, amyloid and tau PET to assess the severity of cognitive deficits in people with MCI. This enables us to provide an early diagnosis of cognitive impairment and effectively manage it.

By using the latest advances in imaging and genetics, we are able to answer all your questions regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring progression and response to treatment.

The MCI Diagnosis Process at Dementech

Consultation

Before any treatment plans are established it is important for our patients to have an Initial consultation with a specialist physician. During this consultation, patients can describe their experiences with certain symptoms and deliver an accurate picture of their medical history to the specialist.

Assessment

Following this, patients will have an appointment with a neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychiatric Laboratory. This will result in a computerised, detailed assessment of cognitive deficits and other neuropsychiatric issues associated with dementia.

Testing

As with many other diseases affecting brain function, blood tests and imaging scans will be required to generate the most accurate picture of the severity of the symptoms. These tests are outsourced to the highest quality and most convenient centres across London.

Follow Up

What is The Treatment for Mild Cognitive Impairment?

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of MCI. We have in-house speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists and psychiatrists to help our patients effectively manage cognitive impairment symptoms. Our professionals can also offer support for caregivers, as they may be experiencing significant levels of stress.

In terms of specific treatments for Mild Cognitive Impairment, medications will only be used if the symptoms are severe or seem to be progressing into forms of dementia. In some cases, MCI will be caused by another condition, in which case medications can be administered to support the management of this underlying issue. Specific treatments recommended to each patient will depend on results from tests and the severity of the symptoms.

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Prevention of MCI

In most cases, working towards the prevention of MCI is more effective than any direct treatment attempts. Research around Mild Cognitive Impairment has found that numerous environmental factors can contribute to the severity of certain symptoms. Below are some actions individuals can take to help prevent MCI.

  • Avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Staying aware of other potential health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity 
  • Stimulating the brain (for example, with exercises such as puzzles and games)
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet
  • Avoiding air pollution wherever possible
  • Maintaining sufficient, quality sleep patterns
  • Interacting socially 
  • Exercising regularly

At Dementech, we also offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological interventions, aiming to improve prevention techniques and delay the progression of MCI.

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FAQs About Mild Cognitive Impairment

What does an initial Mild Cognitive Impairment consultation entail?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

Can you arrange tests?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

How quickly can I be seen?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

Will I get a copy of my test results?

Yes, you will get a copy of your results as well as a CD of the MRI scan on request

Do you have MRI scan alternatives for those who are claustrophobic?

Yes we do. We offer an Upright MRI and an Open MRI.

How quickly can I get MRI scans, blood tests and other testing done?

You can get the tests within 2 days of requesting them, and test results will be received within 2 days.

Will I be taken off the NHS waiting list if I'm seen privately?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

Do you offer video calls?

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Do you provide finance?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

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