Nicole D. Anderson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Toronto, and a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Her research focuses on healthy older adults, older adults with mild cognitive impairment, and older adults with age-related disorders such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. The goal of this research is to understand how cognitive processes are affected in these groups, and to then use that information to help develop effective cognitive interventions. She is interested in whether the interventions improve the targeted function, whether they generalize to other cognitive tasks and to everyday functioning, and whether they change brain activity so that networks implicated in healthy (or younger) adults are recruited after treatment.
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.