Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by JudithE, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. JudithE

    JudithE New Member

    My husband has been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment a few weeks ago, and he would like to keep it a secret. Since I cannot tell women who are friends, I am beginning to feel isolated and resentful. Need some suggestions.
    He is a retired physician, and is well know in our county. Some of the information that I know about mild cognitive impairment is that it can stabilize or become Alheizmers.
  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the board. There is also an Alzheimer's board on this site. See the
    upper right hand corner for a menu.

    Additionally there is a chit chat board where the topics are generally non-
    medical. Folks chat about kids, pets, music, books, etc.

    Good luck.

  3. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    ProHealth doesn't provide any doctors, so you are talking to members here. We can only give you suggestions.

    Cognitive impairments can occur from medical ailments and even including a hit on the head or a fall in which the head is hit and it causes some brain damage. A hit on the head can occur very easily if the person falls out of bed, falls while gardening, and the hit on the head may not appear to be much to the injured person. The brain may develop damaged pathways as a result of the hit to the head, in some cases it is possible that working on skills related to the cognitive impairment may rebuild different passageways and remove the cognitive impairment. It doesn't happen in all cases and it depends on the amount of damage.

    Of course there are other medical reasons for cognitive impairment including, but not limited to Alzheimers, dementia and probably other medical ailments.

    Although your husband has been diagnosed with cognitive impairment--that is just a symptom and not a diagnosis of why he has the impairment. Is he now seeing a brain specialist for this? Have the doctors done any brain scans (I don't know if that particular scan is called a "Pet Scan") to examine the brain and determine if your husband is in the very beginning stages of Alzheimers or if there are other reasons for the cognitive impairment. If I were you, I would want to know what the cognitive impairment is from and that would be the starting point as to how to approach treatment.