Navigating Mild Cognitive Impairment: Prevention and Treatment

From Hebrew Senior Life, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Davide Balos Cappon M.S., Ph.D. discusses what cognitive decline is, how to diagnose it, and most importantly, how to reduce your riks of cognitive decline. Davide says that these are things you can do to reduce your risk:  

  1. Reduce stress: We know that stress is a major contributor to chronic conditions, including dementias. Research continues to confirm that meditation, for example, is good for the mind and body.
  2. Eat well: Eat nutritionally dense and antioxidant rich foods. Avoid alcohol and other foods that offer empty calories.
  3. Exercise: A number of studies have shown that moderate physical activity protects against cognitive decline. I recommend 30 minutes a day, five days a week. A daily walk is a great choice.
  4. Sleep: The brain needs rest to rejuvenate. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you’re awake.
  5. Maintain social connections: We are social creatures and need each other to stimulate the brain.
  6. Stimulate your brain: Engage in novel ways to strengthen and build neuroconnectivity in the brain. Be willing to be a beginner again. Challenge yourself and learn new things that lie outside of your comfort zone.
  7. Foster emotional well-being: Ignoring our emotions is bad for brain health. By acknowledging the power of emotions and taking charge we can begin to learn skills that help us cope with emotions like fear and anger.
  8. Find meaning and purpose: Research shows that individuals with a greater sense of purpose maintain better cognitive function and have lower dementia risk.
  9. Mind your health: There are many medical conditions associated with the decline of brain function. Diseases like diabetes and obesity, hypertension, and stroke are associated with dementia risk. Be sure to schedule regular checkups and follow your doctor’s advice.
  10. Make a positive impact: Share your talents. Engaging in activities that you’re good at boosts confidence and self-esteem. If these activities help others, well, that’s a bonus.

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