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Brain Health!

Brain Health – it’s up to you!

Alzheimer’s disease is an international challenge! Scientists throughout the world are working at an accelerated pace, focused on identifying the causes and testing different treatment options.

Alzheimer’s disease was first identified in 1906 (over 110 years ago), actually discovered by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. Since then the science community has created microscopes, imaging devices and other tools to identify the pathology of the disease. They are still trying to definitively answer the questions – when does it begin, where does it begin, how does it begin, how does it spread throughout the brain, who is susceptible? We have answered parts of these questions – but we still need much more information. Many clinical trials are underway focused on obtaining answers.

And as scientists continue to work on these challenges, what should you do in the mean time? First, take care of your overall health. That seems like a simple answer, but for some individuals it can be challenging. If we remember a few general things like; “what’s good for the heart is good for the brain” and add “continue learning”, “stay engaged socially”, and “minimize stress” – we are doing the right things for overall better brain health. It is never too late to adopt good brain health habits!

It’s up to you!

What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

As diagnostic criteria for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) has become more widely embraced by the medical community, more and more patients are receiving a diagnosis and then asking the obvious question: what is it? This is generally followed by: does this mean I have (or will have) Alzheimer’s disease (AD)? Read More

Mild Cognitive Impairment

Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI, has become better understood in recent years. It is broadly considered to be a transitional stage between normal, age-related cognitive changes and dementia. We have learned some key things about individuals with MCI that are very important to understand for long term quality of life. Believe it or not, if you have received a diagnosis of MCI, this is actually very good news. It means that you are one of the few people who have been brave enough to get yourself tested for memory concerns. And because of this, you have learned at the earliest possible stage of some potential future problems. It’s great news because at this stage we have a lot of options for treating you and others like you.

As a physician, I can tell you that almost 8% of people diagnosed with MCI convert to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) within 1 year. However, 20% of people diagnosed with MCI revert to normal memory within 1 year. So a diagnosis of MCI is not a cause for panic so much as it is a call to action. Read More