But how many people with mild cognitive impairment will actually develop Alzheimer's within five years? More than half, Sylvia Belleville, Ph.D., director of the University of Montreal's Institute of Geriatrics, and colleagues found in a recently released study. And is there any way that those with mild cognitive impairment might be able to substantially lower their Alzheimer's risk? Although the jury is still out as far as memory training is concerned, Belleville and colleagues have found that memory training can in fact lead to brain activation in individuals with mild cognitive impairment, and especially in the hippocampus, the brain's memory center.
For more information on these findings by Belleville and her group, see Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/16/14.1.full.
And for more information about Alzheimer's in general, see Let's Talk Facts About Alzheimer's Disease, from American Psychiatric Publishing. Purchasing information is posted at http://appi.org/SearchCenter/Pages/SearchDetail.aspx?ItemID=2420.