CogniWell Program

Empowering You

Empowering You To Take Control of Your Cognitive Health

Permanent cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a rising concern for people of all ages. What many people don’t realize is that many symptoms related to memory, reasoning, language, attention and other thought processes can be caused by underlying conditions that can be optimally treated or managed. Cognitive health is a key component to your overall brain health.

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Understanding Cognition

Understanding Cognition

Cognition is one of the most important functions of the brain. Cognition is a range of mental processes that allow us to acquire, store, manipulate, and retrieve information; exercise judgment; and behave appropriately… “It’s Who We Are”

We need cognition to help us understand information about the world around us and to interact safely and appropriately with others and with our environment.

Understanding Cognition

Underlying Causes That May Affect Cognitive Function

Cognitive impairment is not a normal part of aging, however aging becomes a risk factor if certain underlying conditions aren’t treated or managed properly and timely. It is important to note that not all cognitive issues progress to dementias (WHO 2019, CDC HBI 2018-2023). While there is no curative treatment for dementia, the proactive management of modifiable risk factors can delay or slow the onset or progression of the disease (WHO 2019). Some cognitive impairments may be reversible.

Examples of common underlying conditions that may affect your cognition:

  • Unhealthy lifestyle (Ex. Unhealthy diet, obesity, lack of exercise, tobacco use, chronic alcohol abuse, substance abuse, chronic stress)
  • Cardiovascular & metabolic conditions (Ex. Diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia)
  • Neurological issues (Ex. Chronic depression and anxiety, post-stroke, concussion)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Hormonal changes

Clinical Profile

Our Clinical Profile is a more detailed list of underlying conditions most commonly associated with cognitive impairment.

Achieve Optimal Cognitive Health

Achieving Optimal Cognitive Health

By adopting a combination of key lifestyle habits and overall wellness, you have the power to optimize your cognitive health. Download the CogniWell Program Brochure to learn more about how you can control medical risks, maintain social connections, exercise regularly, stay mentally fit, sleep and relax, and eat smart.

Several recent studies have shown a relationship between the development of cognitive impairment and dementia with lifestyle-related risk factors and certain medical conditions. There are evidence-based recommendations on managing these risk factors in order to delay or prevent cognitive decline and dementia (ADA 2019, WHO 2019, CDC HBI 2019-2023).

Control Medical Risks

You need a healthy body to have a healthy brain. It’s important to take control of any underlying medical conditions that could be putting you at an increased risk for cognitive decline. You should see your physician regularly, follow medical recommendations and take medications as prescribed.

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Exercise Regularly

It has been shown that people who exercise regularly have a lower risk of cognitive decline. Exercise elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain which helps improve memory, enhances learning,mood and thinking.

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Eat Healthy

Eating a healthy, well balanced diet that is lower in fat and high in antioxidants is beneficial to your overall wellness and can also help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Since research on specific diets that improve your cognitive function are limited, we recommend consulting a nutritionist who will recommend a diet that’s right for you.

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Identify Issues Early

Routine testing and monitoring will eliminate your uncertainty about your cognitive health status, establish a baseline score and allow you to identify issues early and when it matters. Talk to your physician about routine screening. Empower yourself to improve your cognition and your overall quality of care and wellness.

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It improved my ability to work with dementia patients and their CGs…I especially like the graphics.

Dr. R. Mittereder, Unity Geriatrics

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