Don’t take chances with your brain health!
Fight cognitive decline with this guide from Harvard Medical School.

Dear Reader,

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the name of your favorite movie? Or dinner plans with your spouse? Are you noticing that you’re having more difficulty finding your words? If so, it could be the result of normal aging — or it could be a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). You owe it to yourself and your family to get the facts about MCI and learn what you can do to keep your brain healthy.

Fortunately, learning about MCI is now a lot easier thanks to Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment, a new guide from the experts at Harvard Medical School. This information-packed resource tells you everything you need to know about MCI, including:

How you can reverse MCI. A diagnosis of MCI doesn’t necessarily mean you’re stuck with it. As you’ll discover in the guide, MCI is, in some cases, reversible. For example, certain types of medications can cause memory problems. Your doctor may be able to offer you a different drug therapy that won’t affect your memory. Depression is also linked to MCI. It may be possible to alleviate symptoms of MCI by treating the depression.

Steps you can take to protect yourself from MCI. Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment offers simple tips to protect your brain health. Getting better sleep, lowering your stress levels, and adopting a Mediterranean-style diet have all been shown to help. As the guide explains, it’s also beneficial to keep learning new things and challenge your brain with activities like puzzles, playing a musical instrument, and learning a new language.

How MCI is treated. One approach to treating MCI is cognitive training. Offered in group or individual settings, or even via computer, cognitive training can help individuals make the most of their remaining cognitive skills. The guide also gives you strategies for improving your cardiovascular health. Achieving cardiovascular fitness is important because blockages in your blood flow can cause brain damage and speed up cognitive decline.

Everything you need to know about MCI. Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment, is a handy reference that gives you all the facts about MCI. You get a complete overview of the different parts of the brain, so you understand how each area supports cognition. You’ll learn how MCI is a form of cognitive decline that falls in a gray area between normal aging and dementia. And you’ll read about the different kinds of MCI, the risk factors for MCI, and how MCI is diagnosed.

If you or a loved one are facing MCI — or worried you might someday — it’s essential that you get informed. Order Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment now and discover how you can help safeguard your brain health for years to come.

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To your good health,

Howard E. LeWine, M.D.

Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing