Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) occurs with a decline in memory and other thinking abilities that are more serious than in healthy aging, but not as severe as in dementia. Although people diagnosed with MCI can take care of their daily chores independently, they still see a decline in their quality of life. Quality of life has to do with physical and mental well-being, mood, and the ability to complete activities of daily living such a taking care of finances and have positive relationships.
MCI can also negatively affect the quality of life of family members, typically spouses and/or adult children who are involved in the care of their loved one with MCI. The most significant challenges for families include uncertainty about whether their loved one’s cognitive abilities (i.e. MCI) will progress to dementia and the potential for a long-term disease, causing anxiety and depression.
According to research, the quality of life in patients and their family members can improve. For instance, multiple patients with MCI and their family members reported that their quality of life improved after receiving counseling focused on adjustment strategies for memory, participating in support groups, receiving cognitive training and wellness education, and participating in yoga.
Here at NRS|LS, we offer an opportunity to get tested for MCI and receive Medical Adjustment Counseling ® and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy. If you have any questions, call our office for more information.
Eleonora Gallagher, Psy.D.
NJ Permit: TP# 213-079
Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow