Thanks for the Reply ...
Well, from your answer it is suggestive that your wife is suffering from Dementia
, usually Alzheimer
's dementia is seen above 65 years of age , but sometimes it may start early also , but nonetheless , a CT scan must have revealied some atrophic areas in the brain or some pathology .
Anyways , the Mild cognitive impairment that the doctor is talking about , is actually Dementia in psychiatry term , and cognitve impairment is a characteristic feature of dementia , however , it does not seem that she is having mild cognitive imapairment , but it seems like somewhat Moderate cognitive impairment .
So, yes her progressively worsening cognition can be slowed down by use of drugs such as Donepezil along with memantine , but , first of all you need to get her evaluated for Dementia by a psychiatrist , who will assess her dementia and level of cognitive impairment by carrying out Mini mental status examination , which is point based diagnostic tool to know the level of cognitve impairment . And based on the diagnosis of the Dementia and the level of cognitive impairment , the psychiatrist would put her on the required doses of Aricept (Donepezil )and Namenda (memantine).
The combination of these two drugs is usually given to Dementic patients to slow down the process of cognitive worsening , which actually is the hallmark of Dementia .
Kindly look at the links below for further understanding .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementiahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia#Diagnosishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia#Medicationshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donepezilhttp://www.rxlist.com/namenda-drug.htm
So, i suggest that you get your wife evaluated by a psychiatrist and then get her started on the above mentioned medications , i am positive that these medications will lead to improvement in her present level of cognition .
I hope this helps..
I wish your wife best of health ... God bless..
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