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Mild Cognitive Impairment

Some individuals may have difficulty remembering to do things, but a doctor may feel the symptoms are not severe enough to warrant the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia. When this condition occurs, some doctors will use the term 'mild cognitive impairment' (MCI).

Recent research has shown that a small number of individuals with MCI have an increased risk of progressing to Alzheimer's disease. However, the conversion rate from MCI to Alzheimer's is small (10-15%), so a diagnosis of MCI does not always mean that the person will go on to develop Alzheimer's.