SIG 2 Perspectives Vol. 23, No. 1, May 2013
Speech-language pathologists are increasingly called upon to screen, identify, and evaluate mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Speech-language pathologists should have a working knowledge of the diagnostic criteria of MCI, risk factors for developing MCI and dementia, and preventative measures; an understanding of therapy techniques; and an understanding of normal versus pathological cognitive changes as the population ages. This issue of Perspectives aims to provide clinicians with information regarding normal aging and MCI.
You will be able to:
- describe the general diagnostic guidelines of MCI and subtypes of MCI
- demonstrate understanding of differences between normal aging, MCI, and dementia
- describe different therapy techniques (including differences between cognitive stimulation, cognitive training, and restorative strategies) for people with MCI
- describe the evidence on healthy cognitive aging in relation to diet; social activity; computerized cognitive training; and physical activity
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