A doctor can determine if you have mild cognitive impairment (MCI) based on your information and the results of MCI testing.
Diagnosis of MCI is based on the following criteria:
- You struggle with memory or another mental function. You might have problems with following directions, planning, memory, and making decisions. Your closest family or friends should be able to confirm this.
- Your function has decreased over time. Your medical history shows that over time your mental function has declined. A close friend or family member should confirm this change.
- Your overall mental function and daily activities aren’t affected. As we examine your medical history we see your activities in daily life are not generally affected, but some symptoms can cause concern and inconvenience.
- Mild impairment for your age and education level is revealed through mental status testing. Doctors often evaluate mental performance using a short test like the Short Test of Mental Status (MoCA), the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), or the Mini-Mental State Examination(MMSE).
- You are not suffering from dementia. Your symptoms, your mental status testing, and your medical history, are not severe enough to be Alzheimer’s disease.
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