Mild cognitive impairment and aging

William Eugene Healey*

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Because normal aging includes changes in thinking and memory, it is challenging to differentiate between normal age-related changes and mild cognitive impairment, a pathological condition with risk for developing dementia. Cognitive changes associated with mild cognitive impairment may lead to physical impairments and dysfunction. Rehabilitation professionals who are equipped in differentiating mild cognitive impairment from normal aging will assist in early diagnosis and treatment and approach their patients in a more compassionate manner. Recommendations for physical exercise and cognitively engaging activities across the lifespan may attenuate cognitive decline with advancing years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012


  • mild cognitive impairment
  • older adults
  • physical activity and exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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