Category Archives: MCI

Walking to Keep the Brain Healthy

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

As reported recently, simple mental activities such as reading and writing can help preserve brain health.
Now another study shows that a simple physical activity like walking can do just the same. Continue reading

Eating Chocolate to Boost the Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Is eating chocolate really a good thing for your brain and your thinking abilities? A new study showed that drinking a cocoa-rich beverage every day for 8 weeks helped older adults experiencing cognitive problems. Continue reading

Can Caffeine Protect Against Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

How does coffee affect our thinking process? Can it help boost cognition or even prevent decline? In a new study, researchers found that the onset of Alzheimer’s disease tended to be delayed or avoided for those with higher blood caffeine levels. Continue reading

Weight Training Boosts Brain Functions

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Physical exercise triggers the growth of both brain cells and new connections between them. Until now, aerobic exercise was the kind of exercise mostly studied. It is has been shown to boost cognitive functions and is associated with lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. A new study shows that weight training may also be protective. Continue reading

Do Memory Problems Worsen After Being Hospitalized?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

It is common to hear stories about people who were fine until they went to the hospital and after that seemed to deteriorate (increased memory lapses and confusion). Is this anecdotal evidence or is there any truth in such scenario? Continue reading

Is Fish Good for the Brain?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Have you heard that fish is good for the brain? Do you wonder why? What is the evidence that it has a positive impact on brain functions?

What is good in fish?
Fish, especially cold-water fish, contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA, which are known to be essential for good brain health. These fish include halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna. DHA is not produced naturally by our body and need to be acquired through our diet. Continue reading

Memory Training Changes the Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) show early signs of memory loss and are at high risk of developing dementia. As discussed in a previous post, they can greatly benefit from regular brain exercises. A recent study shows that the memory improvement caused by brain training can be directly observed in the brain. Continue reading

Does Brain Training Work?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Cognitive training has attracted a lot of interest in the past few years. Scientific evidence that training the brain does help boost cognitive functions are slowly being collected. A recent study reviews research looking at whether cognitive training can help adults at risk of dementia. Continue reading

The Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risks of Cognitive Decline

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

What you eat affects  your body health but also your brain health.
One of the best brain-healthy diets seems to be the Mediterranean diet: What is it and why is it good for the brain? Continue reading

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can be considered as the transition phase between normal memory and Alzheimer’s disease. It is usually divided into two broad subtypes. Amnestic MCI significantly affects memory. Non-amnestic MCI affects other functions of the brain such as language, attention and reasoning. Most of the research has focused on Amnestic MCI, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading