Startling new changes are being made to Alzheimer’s guidelines. Patients who are currently diagnosed with mild dementia might be classified as having slight memory loss or mild cognitive impairment, which may lead to confusion among patients and their families.
The diagnosis of mild cognitive impartment previously pertained to individuals with declining memory, however, doctors have noticed that these patients also suffered from other memory related issues as well.
Often mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can be the precursor to more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias. A mild cognitive impairment diagnosis recognizes cognitive decline in its earliest state. The definitions for both MCI and Alzheimer’s are being revised to better help distinguish between the two. In the past, the distinction between the two diagnoses was the ability of an individual to perform daily activities such as shopping, paying bills and cooking with mild difficulty.
These new guidelines are creating reluctance among doctors to diagnose a patient with Alzheimer’s on the spot without further research.