IDAHO FALLS -- The mayor of Idaho Falls has been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, which is affecting his short-term memory.
Jared Fuhriman says he was diagnosed in June and confided in several city government colleagues before disclosing his condition Thursday. The 50-year-old mayor says he went public in an effort to squash rumors that he was severely ill.
Fuhriman, who plans to seek a third term in 2013, says he's experienced many mild cognitive impairment symptoms, including losing his place during conversations and forgetting tasks. He compensates by taking copious notes and using technology.
The Mayo Clinic defines "mild cognitive impairment" as an "intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more pronounced decline of dementia." Some people never get worse, and a few eventually get better.