The Effects Of Mild Cognitive Impairment

1873 Words Nov 28th, 2015 8 Pages
Over the last several decades, one of the diseases that continues to cause concern and difficulties during the later years of life is mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Mild cognitive impairment ranges from minimal loss of cognitive problems to the point it changes normal life. Large changes in our demographics have occurred during the twentieth century. Life expectancy has increased by over thirty years. When you factor in the increase of fertility problems, the age groupings shift dramatically (Mohajeri, Troesch, & Weber, 2014). These changes impact the demand for health and long-term care, as well as expenses for pensions and social security (Mohajeri, et al., 2014). Another factor adding to this situation is, health expectancy is 8 to 11 years shorter than life expectancy. This brings the realization the last decade of life will likely be years of dealing with disabilities and diseases often brought on by loss of cognitive functions and dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease, but “a group of chronic symptoms common to different neurologic disorders” (Mohajeri, et al., 2014). Disorientation, impaired memory, language and reasoning competencies are all included in dementia. Once the dementia begins, the senior adult also loses the ability to take care of themselves which often brings on the decrease in nutritional status. The medical world researches whether the problems with memory are increasing because of various factors, not the least is environment,…
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