At least one in ten adults over the age of 65 suffers from Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI. This condition, a state between the normal decline in cognition associated with aging and the more precipitous drop caused by a deadly dementia like Alzheimer's disease, has only recently begun to be studied; first identified by the Mayo Clinic in 1999, it was only given an official diagnostic code in late 2006. As a result, despite its prevalence - and its seriousness: it's often a precursor to Alzheimer's disease, one of the top ten causes of death in the United States - MCI remains almost entirely unknown to the public.
Three noted psychologists are now taking one of the first steps toward filling in this gap. LIVING WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT: A Guide to Maximizing Brain Health and Reducing Risk of Dementia is the first book to be published on MCI for the general reader. Specifically written for individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), for their family members, and for the health care professionals with whom they navigate their journey with MCI, the book provides up-to-date, scientifically substantiated knowledge about what MCI is, how it affects people, and how to take a proactive approach to health and wellbeing for living with the condition; the renowned British clinical psychologist Linda Clare describes it as "An invaluable resource for anyone living with MCI or wanting to understand more about this little-known and poorly-understood, but widespread, condition."
Nicole D. Anderson is Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, in Toronto.
Kelly J. Murphy is Clinical Neuropsychologist at Baycrest in Toronto.
Angela K. Troyer is Program Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest.
paperback | August 9th, 2012 | 240 pages | $19.95 | 9780199858552