Coaching is not just for athletes. African-Americans on the brink of dementia might stand to benefit from an occasional pep talk, too. According to the results of a behavioral intervention trial published September 10 in JAMA Neurology, receiving regular visits from health care workers who helped set healthy lifestyle goals staved off cognitive decline in people with mild cognitive impairment. This goal-oriented intervention worked better than simply receiving supportive social visits. African-Americans have nearly twice the rate of dementia as whites.

  • Goal-oriented lifestyle coaching tested in African-Americans with MCI.
  • The coached group had less decline in memory and daily functioning.
  • Nearly twice as many people in an uncoached group progressed to…