Mild Cognitive Impairment is more than just being forgetful

BOWLING GREEN, Ky-In today’s busy world, it’s easy to forget things. But there’s a point where forgetfulness goes beyond just having too much on your mind. It’s called Mild Cognitive Disorder.

And awareness is slowly growing, even seeping into pop culture. Earlier this season, the character Rebecca from “This Is Us” was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Toni Morgan, the Community Outreach Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association, says it’s a disorder that’s related to Alzheimer’s Disease, although much mild. She says it involves forgetting simple things like appointments and although it doesn’t affect day-to-day functioning, it might be severe enough that other people notice.

It becomes more of a problem as we age, usually starting in a person’s 60’s but can start as early as the 40’s.

And while it’s a disorder that is in its infancy as far as research goes, it may be preventable.

Eating low-sodium diets like the DASH Diet or the Mediterranean Diet may be helpful for brain health. Staying active-getting 30 minutes of exercise at least three days a week can also improve cardiovascular function which has a direct effect on brain functioning. Also, exercising the mind by reading interesting books or learning a new language is a good way to stimulate the brain.