Angela Troyer, Ph.D., is the Professional Practice Chief of Psychology and Program Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest, and is cross-appointed as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Her clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of mild cognitive changes associated with normal aging and mild cognitive impairment. Her research explores the nature of memory changes in aging and mild memory disorders, tools for improving the early detection of memory decline, and the effectiveness of memory interventions for older adults.
Approximately 1 in 10 adults aged 65+ has some form of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – memory and other thinking problems that exceed those of normal aging but fall short of the more serious impairments associated with dementia. Based largely on our book, Living with mild cognitive impairment: A guide to maximizing brain health and reducing dementia risk (Oxford, 2012), this blog specifies what MCI is, how it differs from normal aging and dementia, and it is diagnosed and treated, and provides information on lifestyle habits and memory strategies to improve cognitive health.