Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

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Welcome to the HABIT page for people living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and program participants.  The HABIT Program is for individuals with MCI and their loved ones to learn the best strategies for adapting, coping, and living their best lives with MCI.

Follow the HABIT page to receive updates and information about adjusting to MCI and combating dementia. Our goal is to connect you with others and provide you with information and support.

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Dec 5, 2017

Traveling with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Part 2: Making the Trip

By Dr. Melanie Chandler, HABIT FL Director @drmelaniechandler
For the Person with Memory Loss Orient Yourself to the Plan. Getting out of your usual routine can be difficult with memory loss. This can be particularly true when travelling. Keep a calendar of the travel itinerary with you, in your pocket or purse if you can, and refer to it as [...]
Traveling with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Part 2: Making the Trip
Nov 28, 2017

Traveling with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Part 1: Getting Ready

By Dr. Melanie Chandler, HABIT FL Director @drmelaniechandler
With the holiday season upon us, many of us are booking tickets, packing bags and traveling to visit friends and family, or just for fun.  Planning a trip can be stressful for anyone, but particularly when memory loss or problem solving difficulty enter the picture. Planning the Trip For the [...]
Traveling with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Part 1: Getting Ready
Nov 17, 2017

Having a Conversation about Driving

By Dr. Dona Locke, HABIT AZ Director @DrDonaLocke
For patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment, driving can be a grey area. A diagnosis of MCI does not automatically mean one has to stop driving. In some cases, an individual with MCI may have been given a recommendation to stop driving and in other cases, driving remains unimpaired. Regardless, it [...]
Having a Conversation about Driving
Nov 8, 2017

Exercise Intensity for Heart and Brain Health: Try the “Talk Test”

By Maria Caselli, Group Fitness Instructor for Integrative Medicine & Health, Mayo AZ @mariacaselli
Trying to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle? We have all heard about the benefits of exercise: enhanced heart and brain health, improved sleep and better moods, just to name a few. But how do we know if we are exercising vigorously enough to achieve those benefits? Try the “talk [...]
Exercise Intensity for Heart and Brain Health:  Try the “Talk Test”
Nov 1, 2017

Coping with Memory Loss in Social Situations

By Dr. Anne Shandera-Ochsner, HABIT MN Director @dranneshanderaochsner
When Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) affects memory, the person with MCI may find themselves feeling embarrassed by their memory lapses. This can be particularly true when interacting in social situations with friends or acquaintances who do not know about the MCI diagnosis.  Often times, MCI is a difficult diagnosis to [...]
Coping with Memory Loss in Social Situations