Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Mild Cognitive Impairment is when a person experiences a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills. These changes are noticeable to the person affected and to family members and friends but will not affect your ability to carry out everyday activities. Depression may amplify cognitive problems.

SS patients who have a diagnosis of cerebellar atrophy may experience episodes of impaired recall of new facts, difficulty with planning, organizing and completing new tasks. Initiating a new task and keeping their focus on the task.

Cognitive function is often evaluated by the administration of either the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) or the Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS).

Both tests consist of 11 questions in two sections: the first part addresses orientation, attention, and memory, with the second addressing verbal and written skills. An overall score between zero and 30 is possible. A score of 27- 30 is indicative of normal cognitive function. A score of 21-26 is considered Mild Cognitive Impairment. A score between 1-20 indicates a diagnosis of dementia.
Patients with cerebellar atrophy may have impaired recall of newly learned information or difficulty with “executive functions” such as making plans and keeping thoughts in proper sequence.

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