Do you worry whether your memory is ok? Do you have a parent with dementia and worry if you are headed down the same road? What’s normal, what’s not? What can you do to improve your chances of staying in good brain health? What the heck is mild cognitive impairment, anyway?
These are all questions that we will address in our new blog, called Living With Mild Cognitive Impairment: How to maximize brain health and reduce the risk of dementia. Approximately 1 in 10 adults over the age of 65 has some form of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—problems with memory and/or other thinking abilities that exceed those associated with normal aging but fall short of the more serious impairments experienced by people with dementia. While public knowledge about dementia has grown exponentially in recent years, this is not the case for MCI. It is important for people to know about MCI, both because MCI is a risk factor for dementia, and because a growing body of research is identifying ways to improve functioning and reduce that risk. In other words, those who are aware they have MCI early on can start taking action to optimize their brain health and perhaps even decrease the chance that their cognitive problems worsen.