About Mild Cognitive Impairment
Researchers do not yet fully understand the causes of MCI. Known risk factors associated with MCI are the same as those for dementia: increasing age, family history of dementia, and conditions that put you at risk for cardiovascular disease, such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and history of stroke. Rates of MCI are estimated to be around 15-20% of the population over the age of 65.
Treating Mild Cognitive Impairment at UT Health Austin
While there are no medications approved to treat MCI, there are strategies that some research studies have proven helpful.
- Exercise on a regular basis, which brings oxygen to your heart and brain.
- Eat a healthy diet. Limit sugary foods, sodas, and alcohol. Researchers have found that eating a Mediterranean diet may be helpful, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and lean protein.
- What is good for your heart is good for your brain. Control cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure to protect your heart and blood vessels, which in turn support your brain.
- Challenge your mind by learning new things. It is important to participate in socially engaging activities, which may help sustain brain function.
- Use compensatory strategies, such as a calendar, phone alerts, and regular routine, to help you complete tasks.
If you have a diagnosis of MCI, we recommend annual evaluations to determine whether things are remaining stable or changing.
Care Team approach
Our clinic uses an interprofessional approach, which means our patients have contact with multiple team members coming from multiple specialties. Our team includes specialists in neurology, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychology, nursing, clinical social work and speech and language pathology. We discuss each patient as a team to identify the diagnosis and to develop a tailored treatment plan specific to your needs. Whatever your needs are, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
About the Comprehensive Memory Center
The UT Health Austin Comprehensive Memory Center at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences serves patients and families who are living with neurodegenerative conditions that impact memory, behavior, and other cognitive functions. Our mission is to put patients and their loved ones at the center and to guide them through the diagnostic process and care journey. We want to help you live your best life, have hope and know that you are not alone. Call 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment online.