Mild Cognitive Impairment | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Mild Cognitive Impairment

The multidisciplinary team at Norton Neuroscience Institute has the skill and experience to recognize mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and manage the symptoms.

More patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana get care at Norton Neuroscience Institute than with any other provider in the area. The comprehensive range of board-certified specialists provides a diversity of viewpoints to develop a customized care plan for each patient.

Decline in cognitive ability is normal as we age. Mild cognitive impairment describes a condition more advanced that normal aging, but not as serious as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

MCI Symptoms

The brain, like any other part of the body, ages and changes. Gradual decline in memory or focus is normal. Consistently increasing decline may point to MCI. The patient’s family and friends may be the first to notice.

Symptoms include:

  • Forgetting things more often, including special events
  • Feeling increasingly overwhelmed when making decisions, finding the way around an unfamiliar place or making plans
  • Impulsive behavior

Mild Cognitive Impairment Treatment

There is no single cause of MCI, and there are no definitive outcomes for the disorder. There is strong evidence for a genetic component to MCI, although having the gene does not ensure patients will experience MCI.

There are no drugs or treatments specifically to cure MCI. However, there are some lifestyle changes people can make to potentially reduce the effects of MCI, including:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing high blood pressure
  • Engaging in exercise
  • Remaining socially and mentally active

Louisville’s Leader in Neurological Care

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek treatment from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized neurologists and neurosurgeons than any other provider in the area.

  • We have more than 60 medical, surgical and research specialists dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • We use advanced minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment that speeds your recovery and minimizes pain.
  • Our multidisciplinary clinics offer easy access to specialists in oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics and behavioral health.
  • Norton Healthcare has the largest network of accredited stroke centers in the area.
    • Norton Brownsboro Hospital’s designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and American Stroke Association represents the highest level of care.
    • The Joint Commission also certified Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and managing their disease.
  • We are nationally recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a Top 100 neurosurgery and spine program.
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