Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI™

Learning the Ropes for Living with MCITM is a program focused on optimizing cognitive health through lifestyle choices, memory training, and psychosocial support. It is aimed at older adults and their close family members/friends, who are living in the community, and are experiencing Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). MCI refers to cognitive decline, commonly involving memory that is greater than expected for age, but does not markedly compromise independence in carrying out daily responsibilities.

Program content includes:

  • Education about MCI and lifestyle factors for promoting cognitive health and reducing risk of dementia;
  • Memory training involving practical strategies aimed at improving everyday remembering, such as memory for names, appointments, location of items, and things to do,
  • Family support focused on discovering approaches for effectively living with a relative experiencing MCI.

Eligibility
A physician referral is required. Clients aged 50 years and older are welcome. Clients must be functionally independent (i.e., no dementia), have a memory complaint consistent with MCI, and be available and interested in participating in a group program that meets on Thursday mornings at Baycrest.

Fee
$150 program fee. Includes participant workbook. Family members attend for free. Private health insurance plans may cover this cost. The program does not turn away anyone who is unable to pay the program fee.

View the program brochure

How to refer
Referrals are accepted from both Baycrest and community physicians via the program referral form. If possible, referrals should be accompanied by copies of any recent consult reports from specialists (neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians) relating to the client’s neurological or cognitive status and neuroimaging studies (MRI, CT, SPECT).

Learning the Ropes referral form

Program materials
The program materials, which include facilitator manuals and participant workbooks, are available for purchase by registered health care professionals.

View the program materials information sheet

View the program materials order form

New book Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

For more information or to register, call 416-785-2500, ext. 2445.