Hi, thanks for writing in. I’m sorry that you’ve gotten that diagnosis. So, first, it’s called “Alzheimer’s” because Dr. Alzheimer was a German physician. Dementia is an umbrella term that describes different diseases, and Alzheimer’s is the most common form. So you know what type of dementia you got diagnosed with? The BEST thing you can do right now is to 1. Talk to your family about a plan for the future and 2. Keep engaging your brain. Start a new hobby, exercise, and eat well. Try not to panic about this–even though that is difficult. 3. Be honest with yourself about the type of care you want and expect. 4. Realize that not everyone with Mild Cognitive Impairment actually gets full-blown dementia.