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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Apr 23, 2019

Laughter is the Best Medicine

By Michelle Graff-Radford, HABIT Yoga Instructor @michellegraffradford
It turns out there is scientific evidence for this saying. Laughter decreases stress, improves your mood, and makes you more resilient. Laughter is also good for your relationships. Laughter serves as a powerful tool and safety valve for dealing with conflict and reducing tension when emotions are running high. [...]
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Apr 16, 2019

Repost: Common Questions after a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment

By Dr. Melanie Chandler, HABIT FL Director @drmelaniechandler
  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 [...]
Repost:  Common Questions after a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment
Apr 9, 2019

Let's Get Moving! Revised Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults

By Maria Caselli, Group Fitness Instructor for Integrative Medicine & Health, Mayo AZ @mariacaselli
  Good news! Cleaning out that closet, straightening up the house, and sweeping out the garage are forms of exercise. Incidental activity bouts of less than 10 minutes duration are now being recognized as having heart-healthy benefits in the same way as more formal types of exercise. [...]
Let's Get Moving! Revised Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults
Apr 2, 2019

What’s the Difference Between Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia?

By Dr. Anne Shandera-Ochsner, HABIT MN Director @dranneshanderaochsner
As a neuropsychologist, I often see patients who are concerned about the possibility that they have Alzheimer's disease. When we discuss their test results and diagnosis, I often get questions such as “what's the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?” Or “what's the difference between mild cognitive impairment and [...]
What’s the Difference Between Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia?
Mar 26, 2019

NPR story: Alzheimer's Screening Often Left Out of Seniors Wellness Exams

By Dr. Dona Locke, HABIT AZ Director @DrDonaLocke
  This week, I want to highlight a news story on NPR a couple of weeks ago on the role of cognitive screening in primary care. Medicare covers an Annual Wellness Visit and one of the components of this type of visit is "Screen for cognitive impairment, including diseases such [...]
NPR story: Alzheimer's Screening Often Left Out of Seniors Wellness Exams

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