1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. Xeenies

    Xeenies Registered User

    May 19, 2014
    73
    Does anyone know much about Mild Cognitive Impairment (MIC). Does it always lead to dementia/Alzheimer's? If not what is the expected % of people who are expected to stay at having a MIC?
     
  2. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,716
    Female
    London
  3. Xeenies

    Xeenies Registered User

    May 19, 2014
    73
    Thanks. I did read this but wasn't 100% sure what it meant exactly...So 10-15% get dementia each year...does that mean all of them will have it after 5 years or so?

    "These findings are important because people who have MCI are at an increased risk of going on to develop dementia. In studies carried out in memory clinics, 10-15 per cent of people with MCI went on to develop dementia in each year that the research results were followed up. In other studies the rates are about half this level, but MCI still represents a significantly increased level of risk of dementia – about three to five times the risk of someone without MCI".
     
  4. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,716
    Female
    London
    I think the important thing is not the numbers but the fact that while there is an increased risk of developing dementia if you have MCI, not everyone will.
     
  5. Xeenies

    Xeenies Registered User

    May 19, 2014
    73
    OK thanks.
     
  6. vonvonvon

    vonvonvon Registered User

    Mar 1, 2015
    21
    Hi,
    I was diagnosed with MCI around 8 months ago, I try not to let the figures overwhelm me, everyone is different, I've made some 'tweaks' to my lifestyle as suggested.
    Last week I had a bad week especially at work & have noticed its progressing, but that's just me & at some stage I hope it will plateau.
    I'm new to TP but everyone seems really supportive & informative.
    When I'm out of work, it very much about making some memories as far as I'm concerned, my daughters new puppy, her wedding to look forward to, lunch with a friend tomorrow etc etc
    Take care & try to keep positive
    Yx
     
  7. Xeenies

    Xeenies Registered User

    May 19, 2014
    73
    That's really interesting to know...would love to know more about what the doctors have said, what they recommend etc...this is for my Dad. Its breaking my heart.
     
  8. Linbrusco

    Linbrusco Registered User

    Mar 4, 2013
    1,578
    Female
    Auckland...... New Zealand
    My Mum 74 has moderate Alzheimers.
    Dad 77 was diagnosed with cognitive impairment last year.
    In Dads case his brain CT scan was worse than Mums.
    Left & right frontal atrophy, signs of small vessel disease, (due to smoking?) and another area of concern which could be attributed to his early years of amateur boxing.
    Being a painter & decorator he also worked with chemicals and paint.
    They said his memory was not too bad for his age, but he definitely had MCI, and especially when it came to visuo spatial awareness.

    This was 8 mths ago and our Memory Team want to see him again soon.

    Combine all this with Mums AD, it is hard to know now if the stress of Mum is making him worse?
     
  9. vonvonvon

    vonvonvon Registered User

    Mar 1, 2015
    21
    I'm sure my daughter feels the same, my doctors have given no reccommendations or help ATM (Will be chasing next week, earliest appt I can get)
    I think this initial stage is just scary for everyone (my personal opinion), its the what if.. & when I find really difficult.
    I've read on here about Admiral nurses, but haven't managed to track them down yet on google lol, maybe that's something your Dad's GP can help with
     
  10. Reme

    Reme Registered User

    Mar 23, 2015
    3
    I care for My husband who was diagnosed with MCI about 18 months ago. He sees a memory Dr. The visits were 6 months apart but as he has shown signs of getting worse the Dr now wants to see him in 3 months. Hubby does not really try to help himself and I can see that he'll be one that ends up as a dementia patient. Already I find some days so hard, the constant repeating myself or reminding him to do things is not good.
    My husband served in Vietnam and has PTSD and other issues. He drank heavily and was not a pleasant drunk, he gave his family a lot of grief. However we stuck by him and just when life appeared to be calm and comfortable his memory problems began. Heavy drinking has caused shrinkage in his brain.
    I guess I'm angry inside as here I go again picking up the pieces and looking after him when we should be enjoying our retirement years.
    Life seems so unfair. I feel that I have been robbed of a normal family life, first with Vietnam and all the issues associated with it and now MCI.
    Horrible as it seems I feel that if he is not going to try and help himself then in a home he's going when the time comes as I certainly don't feel mentally and emotionally able to handle this rotten disease.
    Thanks for listening
     

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