When Anne McAndrew was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), she and her husband Bob were referred to the MCI intervention program at Baycrest where they learned strategies for coping with the condition that they now routinely practice every day. Anne is one of the estimated 500,000 Canadians who have MCI. Many don’t know it because only a few seek a diagnosis. The condition can be a precursor to dementia, but not always.
In their newly published book, Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Guide to Maximizing Brain Health and Reducing Risk of Dementia, three Baycrest experts differentiate between the normal forgetfulness that comes with age and mild cognitive impairment, a clinical condition that indicates a high risk for developing dementia.
Research shows that being socially active and engaged can help prevent further decline when mild cognitive impairment is diagnosed. Spending time with friends and family and in the wider community benefits cognitive and mental health.
The Morris Goldenberg Endowment Fund, which honours the bond between brother and sister, supports MCI research at Baycrest.