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Learning the Ropes for Living with MCIR 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

View the Program Brochure

Want to learn more? Everyone is welcome to participate in our free, interactive webinar Learning the Ropes Foundations. You can access it by clicking this link here.

This 45-minute webinar can be completed at your own pace and communicates three key teachings from our 7-session Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI® Program.


Referral by a healthcare professional is required. Clients age 50 years and older who reside in Ontario 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 virtual or in-person group program with 7 weekly sessions.


There is a charge of $150 to participate in the 7 session program. This fee covers participation for our clients with MCI, their participating family member or friend, and one hardcopy of the program workbook. It is highly recommended that participating friends and family members purchase an additional copy of the workbook for $20 at the time of registration. Private health insurance plans may cover the program participation fee. The program does not turn away anyone who is unable to pay the program fee.

How to refer

Referrals are accepted from healthcare professionals at Baycrest and from the community. Community referrals must be made on our referral form, available below. Please attach any relevant clinical information (e.g., cognitive screening scores) or consultation reports (e.g., neurology, neuropsychology).

Download the Referral Form for Learning the Ropes
   Living with Mild Cognitive ImpairmentLiving with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Guide to Maximizing Brain Health and Reducing Risk of Dementia is the first comprehensive book to be published on Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI.

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