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?
In future posts we will go into greater detail about what MCI is and will give you a real feel for what it is like to live with MCI. But to truly understand what MCI is, you have to understand what normal cognitive aging and dementia are. We will describe how memory and other cognitive functions change as a part of normal, healthy aging, and will describe many different forms of dementia. We will specify how MCI is diagnosed and treated, and will provide information on various lifestyle habits and memory strategies that can improve cognitive health.
This blog will be largely inspired by our recent and similarly titled book, Living with mild cognitive impairment: A guide to maximizing brain health and reducing risk of dementia (Oxford, 2012). We will also draw upon exciting new research and grassroots movements in society that are relevant to living with MCI.
We start with a concern shared by all of us. Does that memory slip I just made mean I am headed towards dementia? Dr. Angela Troyer’s first posting is about the cognitive changes associated with normal aging – what’s normal, and what’s not?