Symptoms of MCI are often frustrating causing some persons to withdraw from social activities. To help cope with the changes caused by MCI, finding support is very important.
- Stay active: keep up with interests. Make modifications when possible to accommodate for short term memory or other changes. Speak to the Care Pathway Coordinator about other memory loss strategies for coping and maintaining brain health.
- Lead a healthy lifestyle:
- Eat right, your brain needs proper food and liquid to function normally
- Exercise, there is a lot of evidence that aerobic exercise slows cognitive decline
- Maintain sleep hygiene and address problems if they exist.
- Talk with others about your concerns: let close friends and family know what you are going through so that you may gain their support. Connect to one of CNADC’s support groups for patients living with memory loss here.
- Clinical Social Workers are available to meet with patients of the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic. Learn more about Clinical Social Workers and the role they can play in managing MCI.
To Family and Friends
Consider how the changes caused by MCI are affecting the person’s life. Support this person to stay active and find strategies for coping. Keep in mind that the memory loss and other changes are caused by the MCI and cannot be controlled by the person.