Mild Cognitive Impairment

Updated on 30 July 2021
cognitive impairment
alzheimer's disease
mild cognitive impairment
progression of alzheimer's disease


Summary Because memory problems could be caused by a number of medical or stress-related conditions, it’s important to find out if early memory concerns are normal or not. Memory problems may also represent changes seen in early Alzheimer’s disease and there may be something more that can be done. Current thinking in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research is that we need to identify Alzheimer’s at the very earliest stages even before a person has dementia.
Detailed memory testing, PET scans of the brain, analysis of cerebrospinal fluid, and MRIs are some of the tools used to help us to identify initial changes in the brain of an individual with very mild memory loss. If we are able to identify these early changes, using our current research medications may prove to be more helpful. If these efforts are successful, we may be able to more effectively treat or even halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Early detection and research discovery provide hope for stopping Alzheimer’s disease.
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), is characterized by:
  • Memory problems that may be annoying, frustrating or embarrassing to the person experiencing them but do not significantly affect a person’s ability to function
  • Friends or family starting to notice changes in memory or behavior
  • A possible history of Alzheimer’s in the family
  • The problems can be easy to ignore because they can be very mild and don’t significantly impact the ability to complete every day activities


The Memory Health Center at Summit often has many different trials enrolling for mild cogitive impapirment / early memory loss conditions.

  • Qualified participants receive all study related care, study drug, study related office visits and evaluations (often including imaging) at no cost
  • No insurance is required to participate
  • Compensation may be available
If you would like more information about mild cognitive impairment / early memory loss research studies, please call the research team at 503-228-2273 or visit us at

Condition Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Memory Loss, Memory Problems
Clinical Study IdentifierTX278664
Last Modified on30 July 2021


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