The Impact of Mild Cognitive Impairment on Older Adults

By Duke Han, PhD, Laura Fenton, Rob Dillard - Last Updated: September 20, 2023

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a form of cognitive ability loss that can precede Alzheimer disease or other types of dementia. People with MCI have some trouble with memory and thinking but can largely lead independent lives. Older adults with MCI may struggle with everyday decision-making.

Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) found that MCI was linked to worse decision-making abilities.

In this interview, DocWire News spoke with Duke Han, PhD, director of the Neuropsychology Division in Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Laura Fenton, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the paper’s first author, about the implications of these findings for older adults battling MCI.

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