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Me and My Memory:
Mild Cognitive Impairment

Listen to Me and My Memory: programme five

Friday 26 Jan 2007 3.45pm (original TX Wednesday 23 August 9.30am)

Most of us take our memories for granted. In this series you'll meet six people who don't have that luxury.

MCI or mild cognitive impairement is a fairly new term used by memory researchers and doctors. MCI isn't a specific medical condition or disease. It's a form of memory loss which can be tested and measured but doesn't mean the person has dementia. In this programme, we meet Roy and Dorothy.

Roy is 70 and Dorothy is 66. For the past year Roy has noticed significant changes in his memory. He might be walking to go somewhere and will completely forget what for and have to take ten minutes to work out what errand he was on. He might ask Dorothy what's for lunch for her to tell him they've just eaten. Professor Roy Jones explains what MCI is and what's the difference between normal memory changes in ageing and something might need treatment.

Facts about MCI from the Alzheimer's Society


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Rhiannon Evans
I am a medical herbalist practising in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire and was very interested to hear of the work of David Clegg? the artist working with the elderly, memory and performance. I have been involved with the Ethnomedica(Remembered Remedies) project for some years (chair until recently) which was profiled on BBC Gardeners World 11th August and also will from October be studying Fine Art at Central St Martins School of Art.

Much of my work at Foundation level explored personal memory and stories. The work of Ethnomedica is focused on the personal recollections of use of home plant-based remedies, the collection and preparation of the plants.Stories and data are collected by a variety of methods including oral history recording for archives at RBG Kew.

I was fascinated by the programme from a professional clinical point of view, through my work with the Ethnomedica project and also from that of art practice.

Rhiannon Evans BSc MNIMH

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