Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence & Thinking

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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Aug 16, 2018

The Importance of Treating Sleeping Apnea in MCI: Getting Started

By Dr. Dona Locke, HABIT AZ Director @DrDonaLocke
Why are we talking about sleep apnea in MCI? Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder in the general population and also a common sleep disorder in our patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where individuals stop breathing at night (and then gasp [...]
The Importance of Treating Sleeping Apnea in MCI: Getting Started
Aug 7, 2018

Summer Recipes!

By Dr. Dona Locke, HABIT AZ Director @DrDonaLocke
  In the Mayo Clinic HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence and Thinking © program, we typically recommend a balanced, Mediterranean style eating plan for brain health. One of the recommended food groups in that plan is BERRIES! This is my favorite food group on the plan, so I wanted [...]
Summer Recipes!
Jul 31, 2018

Getting Motivated for Cognitive Exercise

By jeannee @jeannee
I recently heard an educator give a presentation on how to help students learn by changing the way they think. The idea was to change their way of thinking from “I’m not good at… math, science, art” etc, to “I’m not good at …math, science, art – yet!”  Sometimes we get stuck [...]
Getting Motivated for Cognitive Exercise
Jul 24, 2018

Our HABIT Staff: Meet Andrea Cuc, LCSW

By Miranda Morris, HABIT Program Coordinator @mirandamorris
Andrea Cuc is a master’s level licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who works as a psychotherapist at Mayo Clinic-Arizona and is a vital part of the HABIT Team. If you have had the good fortune of meeting her, you know that she truly loves helping people and that she loves [...]
Our HABIT Staff: Meet Andrea Cuc, LCSW
Jul 17, 2018

Planning for the Future: Advance Directives

By Dr. Anne Shandera-Ochsner, HABIT MN Director @dranneshanderaochsner
  A diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) comes with a lot of uncertainty. Shortly after your discussion with your doctor, you may have wondered what your diagnosis means for the future. Many people worry about being a "burden" on their loved ones in the future, especially if MCI turns [...]
Planning for the Future: Advance Directives