One day I went to a meeting with an important manager of the company I was working for. I was all dressed up looking very respectable. Before the meeting started, one coworker whispered to me “Your fly is open.” That was way before I was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). You could say it is only a symptom of a normal aging, but when you start noticing this type of minor forgetfulness, you start wondering.
So, about three and a half years ago, I went to see my family doctor. She gave me a short memory test in her office. One of the things I was asked to do is to draw a clock showing a specific time. I am sure most of you have had this test. I had no problem drawing the clock but had a problem recalling a few words I was supposed to remember. At the end, my score came to 24 out of 30, which put me in the category of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
They say about half of people who are diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) never develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. But that means half will, which is way too risky. So, it seems to make sense to try to do something about it, rather than hoping that you will be one of the lucky ones. Positive thinking is very important, but relying on it alone might not be prudent. Or, at least I wasn’t willing to take that risk.
I do believe there are a lot of things you could do to increase the odds of not letting MCI turn into Alzheimer’s disease. The following blog postings show my quest for fighting and hopefully beating MCI. I hope you will take the journey with me and take some hints to help yourselves in the fight against MCI.