Research studies have found that the medicines available for Alzheimer’s disease do not help people with MCI. These treatments also do not appear to affect whether someone with MCI will go on to develop Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia either.

A doctor may treat any conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure that could increase your chances of developing Alzheimer’s diseases or another form of dementia. There is a lot we can do to reduce our risk of developing dementia; you can find out more about this here.

Research is looking into non-drug treatments for MCI, such as memory training and computer-based activities. So far results have been mixed. Your doctor may be able to suggest practical tips to help you manage your symptoms, like keeping a calendar or diary. They might also suggest ways to keep physically and mentally active, such as taking regular exercise.

As some people with MCI may be in the early stages of a disease like Alzheimer’s, researchers are keen to find out whether possible new treatments for dementia could work in people with MCI.

To find out more about taking part in clinical trials or other research studies, visit our webpage here or call the Dementia Research Infoline on 0300 111 5 111 (9-5pm Monday to Friday).


Treatments for dementia

Read more about treatments for dementia, including information on treating depression, anxiety and agitation and for information on antipsychotics.

What is mild cognitive impairment?

This introductory leaflet aims to help you understand mild cognitive impairment. It’s for anyone who might be worried about their own or someone else’s memory.


Order health information

Alzheimer’s Research UK has a wide range of information about dementia. Order booklets or download them from our online form.

This information was updated in April 2020 and is due to be reviewed in April 2022. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.

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Dementia Research Infoline

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0300 111 5 111