Because brain health is
important, there’s Catch it Early, a
resource for learning about Alzheimer’s
disease (AD), including the earliest clinical
stage, mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

The sooner you catch MCI
due to AD the better.

Sometimes symptoms can be mistaken
for normal aging, but it could be more
and worsen over time. That's why
it's important to talk to your
doctor about your
memory difficulties.

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If you're having these senior moments more than you'd like to admit, it
could be mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's disease (AD).

MCI due to AD is a condition that causes changes in the way your brain works, affecting one's memory and ability to think.

It's easy to dismiss these feelings as senior moments because your
brain, like the rest of your body, changes as you grow older.

Being increasingly forgetful or thinking more slowly than usual could
be a sign of MCI due to AD.

Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • losing train of thought and difficulty staying focused
  • having trouble finding the right words
  • feeling increasingly overwhelmed
  • problems planning or understanding instructions

These symptoms can go on for years and may progress more quickly over time. So don't ignore them, and talk to your doctor about your concerns.

The earlier you catch MCI due to AD, the sooner you will get the support you need from your doctor.


About 1 in every 12 Americans
(aged 50
and older) is living
with MCI due to AD

Although there may be other causes of MCI, MCI due to AD is the most common. In fact, as many as 9.5 million Americans are living with the condition.

The earlier you know it’s MCI due to AD,
the sooner you can act.

Whether you’re here for yourself or someone you love, speaking up could open the door to a better way of managing the condition. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask about cognitive testing. In some cases, you may be referred to a specialist.


MCI due to AD can cause changes to your brain health. So if you've noticed you or your loved one's memory or ability to think clearly has "slipped," talk to your doctor.

Take care of your brain health.
Ask about a cognitive screening

It's important to understand the causes of your or your loved one's
symptoms sooner rather than later—so you can create a better
understanding about how to manage them. Your doctor may suggest you see a specialist, such as a neurologist or geriatrician, for further testing.

Use our locator tool to find a specialist near you.

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