One in ten adults over 65 has some form of mild cognitive impairment or MCI - thinking problems that go beyond those associated with normal aging, but that fall short of the serious impairments experienced by people with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. This is the first book written specifically for individuals with MCI, for their loved ones, and for the health care professionals who treat them. Written by three clinicians and researchers who have devoted their careers to MCI patients, this book provides up-to-date and reliable information on the nature of this disorder, how it may affect people, and what can be done about it.
The authors explain how MCI is diagnosed and treated and they offer advice on how to improve cognitive health through diet and exercise, through social engagement, and through the use of practical, effective memory strategies. Throughout, case studies illustrate the real-life issues facing people living with MCI. The book includes "Questions to Ask Your Doctor," recommended readings and links to relevant websites, and worksheets to guide readers through healthy lifestyle changes.
• This is the first book written specifically for individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), for their loved ones, and for the health care professionals who treat MCI.
• Based on current scientific knowledge and theory about MCI - a new and rapidly expanding field of study.
• Vivid case studies illustrate the real-life issues facing people living with MCI.
• The book includes "Questions to Ask Your Doctor", recommended readings, and links to relevant websites, along with worksheets to guide readers through healthy lifestyle changes.
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Section One: What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
1. Defining Mild Cognitive Impairment
2. How Mild Cognitive Impairment Differs From Normal Aging
3. How Mild Cognitive Impairment Differs From Dementia
4. Possible Outcomes Of Mild Cognitive Impairment
5. Risk Factors for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
Section Two: How is Mild Cognitive Impairment Identified and Managed?
6. How Mild Cognitive Impairment Is Diagnosed
7. Treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment
8. The Personal Impact of Mild Cognitive Impairment
9. Living Effectively With Mild Cognitive Impairment
10. Taking Charge of Mild Cognitive Impairment
Section Three: What Can Be Done to Improve Prognosis?
11. Healthy Diet: Feed Your Body, Fuel Your Brain
12. Exercise: Jog Your Memory
13. Cognitive Engagement: Getting Your Brain in Gear
14. Social Engagement: A Good Friend Is Good Medicine
15. Memory Strategies: Techniques To Improve Everyday Remembering
About the Authors:
Nicole D. Anderson is Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, in Toronto.
Kelly J. Murphy is Clinical Neuropsychologist at Baycrest in Toronto.
Angela K. Troyer is Program Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest.