Written by Charlotte Haigh MacNeil
The odd senior moment is normal as we get older, but around ten to 20 per cent of over-65s have more of a problem with their memory. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) causes memory and thinking changes severe enough to be noticed by others – although not severe enough to affect your independence.
MCI is different to the normal slowing down of your brain’s processes as you get older and is connected to a higher risk of dementia over time.
It can be helpful to have a friend or relative make a note of your memory problems, how often they pop up and whether anything triggers them so you can speak to your GP.
Fortunately, even if you have MCI the things you can do to boost your memory and keep your brain sharp also help lower your risk of dementia. We’ve rounded up the best tips for keeping your brain young!