Some memory loss is a normal part of aging. However, metabolic and genetic imbalances in some seniors can accelerate memory loss, over time this mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can worsen.1,2 One out of two people who suffer from MCI will develop Alzheimer’s, that results in $172 billion dollars in annual costs and has become the 7th leading cause of death.3,4
SIGNS OF NORMAL AGING VS. MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT CONDITIONS5
- Can’t find your keys
- Search for casual names and words
- Briefly forget conversation details
- Can’t find a recipe
- Forget to write down a check
- Cancel a date with friends
- Miss an occasional right turn
Early Alzheimer’s Disease
- May place important items in odd places
- Can forget names of family and common objects
- May forget entire conversations
- Difficulty following recipe directions
- Difficulty managing checkbook
- Partial of complete withdraw from usual interests
- May get lost in familiar places
- Serot JM, et al. CSF-folate levels are decreased in late-onset AD patients. J Neural Transm. 2001: 108:93-99
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- Kantarci K, Weigand SD, Przybelski SA, Shiung MM, Whitwell JL, Negash S, Knopman DS, Boeve BF, O’Brien PC, Petersen RC, Jack CR Jr. Neurology. 2009 Apr 28;72(17):1519-25.
- Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures. Chicago, IL: Alzheimer’s Association; 2009.