Kelly J. Murphy, Ph.D., is a Neuropsychologist with Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Psychology Graduate Program at York University. She runs a clinical service for people with MCI that includes a behavioral intervention program for both individuals with MCI and their close family/friends. The goals of this evidence-based program are to prevent or delay future dementia in those experiencing MCI and to prevent health declines in family members who may become future caregivers and who are vulnerable to strain associated with living with someone experiencing cognitive decline. Dr. Murphy’s current research involves work differentiating preserved versus reduced cognitive skills in MCI and the impacts of MCI on the lives of affected individuals. One of the aims of this research is to guide effective cognitive intervention for MCI.
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.