Normal Cognitive Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Drawing the Fine Line Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a transitional diagnostic category between normal cognitive aging and dementia. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a role in the management of MCI, particularly the assessment and treatment of cognitive-communicative impairments related to MCI. The difficulty lies in distinguishing between normal cognitive aging and pathological aging. SLPs ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2013
Normal Cognitive Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Drawing the Fine Line
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  • Valarie B. Fleming
    Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX
  • Disclosure: As noted in the Acknowledgment, author Valarie B. Fleming received financial support for the work described in this article from a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association (NIRGD-09-131063).
    Disclosure: As noted in the Acknowledgment, author Valarie B. Fleming received financial support for the work described in this article from a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association (NIRGD-09-131063).×
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Article   |   May 01, 2013
Normal Cognitive Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Drawing the Fine Line
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 23, 1-9. doi:10.1044/nnsld23.1.5
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 23, 1-9. doi:10.1044/nnsld23.1.5

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a transitional diagnostic category between normal cognitive aging and dementia. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a role in the management of MCI, particularly the assessment and treatment of cognitive-communicative impairments related to MCI. The difficulty lies in distinguishing between normal cognitive aging and pathological aging. SLPs will need to be equipped with knowledge regarding the neurobiological, cognitive, and cognitive-communicative changes occurring in both normal and pathological aging, specifically the alterations arising in MCI.

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