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5 days ago · Repost: Common Questions after a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Question Cards

 

We had a lot of good discussion after Dr. Shandera’s recent post on the difference between MCI and dementia.  So, we thought it would be a good time to repost an old blog written by Dr. Locke about some common questions that we hear after giving a diagnosis of MCI. Click below to read the post, and let us know what you think!

Common Questions After Being Diagnosed with MCI

Tue, Mar 5 2:53pm · Repost: Coping with Memory Loss in Social Situations in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Today we thought we’d highlight a post from over a year ago, as it is a popular topic every time we host a HABIT session.

Thanks again, Dr. Shandera, for this great post!

Coping with Memory Loss in Social Situations

Group Smiling Over Dinner

Mon, Mar 4 8:00am · Getting Tough on False Claims About Supplements in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Thanks @liv4now . I absolutely agree that more research is needed and more $$ to do it, so that we can have definitive answers on these potential treatments!

Tue, Feb 26 1:53pm · Getting Tough on False Claims About Supplements in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

FDA

On February 11, 2017 the FDA issued warning and advisory letters on 17 different companies claiming dietary supplements or unapproved new drugs helped treat or even cure Alzheimer’s disease.  Read the full press announcement here.

It seems as long as there has been an ailment, there has been someone there willing to sell you something for it. When there is no strong medical treatment or no cure for a disease, the allure of buying (and potential profit to be gained from selling) only seems to worsen.

Snake Oil Salesman

We’ve posted before about evaluating research.  While we currently do not know the ultimate usefulness of any of the supplements and dietary aids whose company’s have been reprimanded in these FDA warnings, we’d like to help our readers educate themselves further about the latest supplement or product for sale that may help their memory loss.

First, look for research on the supplement or product outside what the company advertises, emails, or prints themselves.  Sometimes big claims get based on little to no scientific backing.  There may be a claim that “research shows” or “scientists have proven”, but you find no scientist outside the one they hired at the company (or no one at all) has actually proven anything.  Google the product and go to sites other than the seller’s site.  Try searchable websites for research studies such as Google Scholar or PubMed to read research articles first hand.

Second, see if the supplement you are considering or already taking is a subject of an FDA warning. If you explore the FDA link above, you will find they have search engines to help you look and see if a supplement or device you are interested in has been given a warning or an advisory letter has been posted.

Finally, if you want to know the latest in new medicines, supplements, or treatments for memory loss, go to a trusted site such as the MCI page on http://www.mayoclinic.org.  Also, search the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. They regularly post about advances in research and the latest findings on alternative treatments.

Caveat emptor holds true in many aspects of life, and definitely when it comes to the latest craze in supplements to treat memory loss.

 

Dec 24, 2018 · Happy Holidays in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Hot Chocolate Snow Man

Happy Holidays to our HABIT Family and all those living with Mild Cognitive Impairment!

We will be back with more MCI related news and posts in the New Year!

Warm wishes,

The HABIT Team

Dec 19, 2018 · Repost: Mindfulness Slow Down for Self Care During the Holidays in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Beth Rush Mindfullness Piece

This week we wanted to share a story/video recently done for Mayo Clinic by one of our Mayo Clinic Florida Colleagues, Dr. Beth Rush.

You can watch the short Mayo Clinic Minute video here:

Mayo Clinic Minute: Three Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

And, read the full story here.

Mindfulness Slow Down for Self Care During the Holidays

Great advice to remember to slow down and be mindful this Holiday Season!

Dec 11, 2018 · Making a List, Checking it Twice: Doing To Do Lists Well in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Christmas To DoMany of us naturally get the idea of keeping a “To Do” list or task list of things we need to get done.  This may have been recommended to you, or perhaps you started doing it more on your own after the diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment.  But, how do you make a meaningful To Do list?

If you are like me, your first approach to a To Do list may have been to write one long, master list of every possible thing that you need or want to do.  The result:  a long, overwhelming list that you don’t accomplish.  In our experience, you To Do list can be improved by trying the following:

  1. Break down large tasks into steps.  Don’t just write “Get ready for Christmas” on your list; break down all of the steps you need to get there. And, even those steps may need to be broken down further.  A great example is “Buy presents.”  Break this one down into lists of who and what.  Going out of town?  Break it down into all the steps needed for traveling, (packing, booking tickets, boarding pets, etc.)
  2. Assign tasks to the day you plan to do them.  This tip is likely the largest deviation from what you are used to in that classic, comprehensive master list.  I am recommending that you do not see all of the items that you could possibly accomplish on that master To Do list each day.  Doing so only desensitizes you to all the items on the list (meaning they start to lose their importance when you keep putting them off each day).  It also can leave you feeling down or frustrated with yourself for not achieving enough, or simply overwhelmed with all there is to do.  Instead, once you break down your tasks into steps, assign them to a day you realistically can do that particular step or task. Put it on your calendar.  Better yet, if you are using a planner, like the one in HABIT, put it in the To Do section for that day. You are much more likely to accomplish all that is on your list if there are only a few things for the day.
  3. Commit to try to do those things that day.  This way, you can keep working towards your goals a day at a time, step by step, so that tasks get done.  Prioritize items by putting a star or asterisk by them, and make sure to try to get those items for sure done that day.
  4. Check it Off!  Put a check next to items that you get done.  This gives you a sense of accomplishment and helps you remember what you got done if you are experiencing memory loss.  Now you have a permanent record of the accomplishment (you can even check it twice 🙂 Thus, don’t just scribble it out when you are done; we want to see that you got it done!
  5. Carry things forward you don’t get done.  Even after breaking down tasks and assigning only a few to a day, any of us can still not get everything done we wanted to.  If that happens, just make sure that you carry it forward in your calendar so that you don’t lose track or forget that step!  I like to put an arrow instead of the check mark when this happens.  And, don’t just arrow it forward, make sure you pick a new day you will get it done and write it on that date.

 

Hannukah

 

This blog was about good “form” in keeping an effective To Do list.  Please let us know if you have any other tips.  But, particularly, what helps you stay motivated to get things done?  I didn’t talk about that important piece, and I’d like to hear your thoughts!

 

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