Mild cognitive impairment in older adults

Yonas E. Geda

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Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the intermediate stage between the cognitive changes of normal aging and dementia. MCI is important because it constitutes a high risk group for dementia. Ideally, prevention strategies should target individuals who are not even symptomatic. Indeed, the field is now moving towards identification of asymptomatic individuals who have underlying Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology that can be detected using biomarkers and neuroimaging technologies. To this effect, the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute on Aging have developed a new classification scheme that has categorized AD into a preclinical phase (research category), MCI due to AD, and dementia of Alzheimer's type. However, there are also ongoing research studies to understand high-risk groups for non-Alzheimer's dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-327
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Age-associated cognitive decline
  • Age-associated memory impairment
  • Aging
  • Asymptomatic Alzheimer's disease
  • Benign and malignant forgetfulness
  • Cognitive impairment no dementia
  • Dementia
  • Dementia of Alzheimer's type
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Mild neurocognitive decline
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • Questionable dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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