Q: How can people living with cognitive decline improve their brain health?
A: The most effective thing is a lifetime of living healthy, but it's never too late. Even older adults who start learning a new language have increases in cognitive functioning.
Again, try to stay physically active, try to eat well, try to stay calm and cognitively and socially engaged. That is going to help slow down cognitive decline.
Q: Why is it important to address diagnosed cognitive changes early?
A: Addressing all these risk factors, such as cognitive engagement, social connectedness and sensory deficits helps build cognitive reserve so that you have better brain health to live longer, even if you're having Alzheimer's pathology building up in your brain. If we can raise levels of cognitive functioning earlier, you’ll enjoy more years in cognitive health.