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Fri, Jul 12 10:06pm · Feeling overwhelmed? Try these communication tips. in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

It gets easier with TIME to simply repeat the information in a sweet voice (not one that sounds like you are out of patience just because you have repeated something many times in a short period). After all, how would you like to be the person that has to repeatedly ask the question because the mind is blank! Hard to understand when it is our partner; not the same person we have lived with all these many years! It is kindness to them, while crying on the inside.

Wed, Jul 3 5:18pm · Loss of long and short term memory in Epilepsy & Seizures

MCI is basically only short term memory loss. Sorry, we have no experience with seizures or medications for seizures. Bonnie

Tue, Jun 18 11:43pm · Memory and Music Therapy in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Interesting subject, we hear a lot about music therapy and memory. My husband started private baritone horn lessons a year ago. He played up to 10th grade in High School but dropped band when his family relocated and he had to attend a new high school. He had inherited his father's horn and we had moved it with us several moves in the last 25 years.
The lessons were enjoyed and he seemed to be doing well until interrupted by dental complications over a month ago. The real result will be known when he resumes lessons and practice. The time off has changed his HABIT…..and he feels he has lost ground. We shall see soon.

Sat, Jun 8 12:22am · Revisiting Brain Exercises in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Interesting this post is here when I finally get to check email. Denny just asked a few days ago if there is a class or something to help improve his memory.
Since technology is an issue "brain games" do not work for us. Have thought that maybe a part of the participants support group could be structured Brain exercises? But, since that is only once a month it may not be often enough.
While visiting the AZ Science Center today I picked up a book by Nancy Linde titled: 399 games, puzzles & trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young. "Organized on an increasing scale of difficulty…..all it takes is ten to fifteen minutes a day of playing the right games. (It's fun.)"
We are going to have a special "game" time every day together and check it out. So far I was impressed by the introduction from Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Division of Psychology, U of Miami Miller School of Medicine which I read on the trip home via light rail.

Sat, May 18 11:33pm · Technologies That Can Help, Part 1 (Medication & Driving) in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

For safe travel I found that zero distractions are better. This is not a good time for discussion or conversation. All energy is needed to focus on driving.

Fri, Apr 12 7:51pm · What’s the Difference Between Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia? in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Today at the Alzheimers Association SW chapter annual research conference I learned that MCI is a condition, and dementia in its different forms is a disease. Works for us! Since there is little research $$ for any condition ……big pharma has no interest!

Thu, Apr 11 5:09pm · What’s the Difference Between Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia? in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Please contact the H.A.B.I.T. program at Mayo. It will be a life saver for you and a partner.
We now have active follow-up support group meeting that are so valuable.

Sat, Feb 23 5:17pm · To Medicate or Not to Medicate in MCI; That is the Question in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

This is an excellent article with important information. Makes a difficult subject much easier to understand. Thank you!