5 evidence-based tips for living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia

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The Bottom Line

  • Try one or more of a variety of strategies that can help improve cognition and mental health among people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia.
  • Visual art therapy may enhance cognitive function and reduce anxiety in people with MCI.
  • Non-drug options such as massage therapy, personally tailored interventions, animal-assisted interventions, and pet robot interventions may decrease agitation in adults with dementia.
  • Computerized cognitive training has cognitive benefits for people with MCI, while offering those with dementia some assistance in this area as well.
  • Combined brain training and physical activity can boost cognitive function in older adults with or without MCI.
  • Cognitive training can lessen the severity of depressive symptoms in people with MCI or dementia.

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