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Are You Experiencing Memory Loss or Cognitive Decline?

You Can Reverse the Damage.

  • It’s increasingly difficult to remember things, express thoughts or make decisions
  • You sometimes feel like your brain is foggy
  • You get embarrassed in social situations, concerned you may not remember names or something someone told you
  • You suspect you’re just not as sharp as you used to be

Misplacing things, forgetting whether or not you paid bills and feeling not as on top of things as you should be can be distressing. It can cause fatigue, depression, isolation, insecurity and a generally lackluster life.

With age, many people begin to notice a decline in mental clarity, memory or executive function (things like managing time or planning or remembering details). This can also occur as a result of brain trauma. These declines can prompt fears of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Can You Rewire Your Brain?

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Until recently, there weren’t many options to slow or reverse the effects of mental decline once a doctor conducted tests and provided a diagnosis. However, thanks to advances in technology, there are things you can do to help strengthen your brain and experience more optimal brain functioning. Neurofeedback is one of the most powerful tools for strengthening and optimizing the brain. When combined with a brain map, neurofeedback can target specific circuits in the brain to be strengthened, activated, and improved.

Many studies demonstrate that neurofeedback changes the brain. Several studies show that cognitive function in aging adults improves considerably, after even a single neurofeedback session.

Neurofeedback worked for Donna, a 76-year-old woman, who came to us after being diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Donna was afraid she was quickly slipping into dementia. She was overwhelmed with basic tasks and struggled with memory and decision-making. We worked closely with her over the span of several months to help improve her brain function. When she later underwent a delayed memory test, Donna scored within the normal range. Most significantly, her neurologist reported she no longer met the criteria for mild cognitive impairment.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Neurofeedback training helps change brain patterns. It measures your brain’s rhythms and rewards you when your brain creates healthier patterns.

brain-regain-memoryHow does neurofeedback differ from mental challenges like the game Lumosity, playing bridge or learning a new language? The theory behind those types of mind-engaging exercises is that by exercising your mind, you will improve your brain. That’s true, but the benefit is limited.  These activities don’t allow you to target the precise system or segment in the brain that needs strengthening. With neurofeedback, training is not a mental process; it’s a brain process. When you train specific brain circuits, you can measure specific change as a result of the process. Neurofeedback is a much more direct, sophisticated, and powerful tool.

How Do We Help?

At Center for Brain, we specialize in helping people who are struggling with brain-based issues. Our neurofeedback tools give you a chance to improve cognitive functioning, memory and even sleep habits. We encourage our clients to try different methods to see which ones work best for them, and we work closely with our clients to create a treatment protocol specific to their individual needs.

Our job is to help your brain learn healthier patterns. As your brain improves, so will your memory and your cognitive functioning. These improvements will also keep your brain healthier longer.

When your brain improves, your memory, ability to manage your emotions, your cognitive functioning and your attention all improve. Here are two more cases from our practice.

A close family member of our director suffered from stage 5 dementia. Pauline, who was residing in an independent living retirement community, became very confused and unable to function. She eventually couldn’t even remember how to get to the elevator she had taken daily. Scared for her health and well-being, Pauline’s family introduced her to neurofeedback. Within a few sessions her mental confusion had virtually stopped. Her improvement directly affected her ability to remain in an independent living situation. If her family had not sought neurofeedback treatment, Pauline could not have continued to live independently.

Greg, a 58-year-old man began experiencing significant difficulty retrieving common words and names of people he knew well. He was otherwise in good health. He exercised three times per week, and his energy, mood, and sleep patterns were good. His wife was alarmed and asked him to do something about his memory problem. Greg chose to try neurofeedback before trying anything else. Within three months of training, his word retrieval was back to normal. With continued training over the next six months, his word retrieval and memory recall became slightly better than it had been for years.

Does Research Support Neurofeedback?

Yes. There are over 40 years of research in the technology of neurofeedback and neuroregulation. Substantial, evidence-based research shows that neurofeedback promotes neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change itself. Several fMRI brain scan studies support its beneficial use as well.

As long as the brain can change itself – you can improve your brain function or work to keep it more stable.

Why hasn’t my doctor told me about neurofeedback?

Many physicians don’t include neurofeedback in their discussion about treatments for  dementia or memory loss because they aren’t familiar with it or don’t completely understand how effective and powerful it can be.

What Can Cause This Kind of Cognitive Impairment?

dementia-clear-thinkingSome people’s brains can be more at risk for cognitive decline, even if exposure to these risk factors occurred earlier in life – even in childhood. Some risk factors include:

  • Surgery: General anesthesia, while a wonderful benefit, can affect the brain and can be a risk factor in future cognitive decline.
  • Concussions or Head Injuries: One or more increases risk. Many people have experienced significant whacks to the head and may have experienced concussion, even if they went undiagnosed or were ignored at the time.
  • Whiplash: Whiplash can have an effect similar to a concussion or head injury.
  • Food Allergies or Sensitivities: Because everything we put in our bodies affects our brains, some people find that altering their diet improves their mental functioning and reduces symptoms of cognitive decline.

What Can Cause This Kind of Cognitive Impairment?

Some people’s brains can be more at risk for cognitive decline, even if exposure to these risk factors occurred earlier in life as far back as childhood. Some risk factors include:

  • Surgery: General anesthesia, while a wonderful benefit, can affect the brain and be a risk factor in future cognitive decline.
  • Concussions or head injuries: One or more of these increases risk. Many people have experienced significant whacks to the head and may have experienced concussion.
  • Whiplash: Whiplash can have an effect similar to a concussion or head injury.
  • Food allergies or sensitivities: Because everything we put in our bodies affects our brains, some people find that altering their diet improves their mental functioning and reduces symptoms of cognitive decline.

In Addition to Neurofeedback,What Else Can You Do to Enhance the Function of Your Brain?

If you want to regain better memory, keep your train of thought during conversations and think more clearly, the following lifestyle changes can potentially help your reverse the effects of mild cognitive impairment:

  • Clean up your diet and improve nutrition. What we eat and drink dramatically affects our brain function and the progression of cognitive decline. An anti-inflammatory diet can help brain cognition.
  • Stay on the move. Research indicates that regular exercise is neuroprotective and slows the progress of age-related cognitive disorders.
  • Get a good night’s rest. Sleeping 6.5 to 8 hours a night reduces the risk of cognitive decline. Those plagued with chronic sleep problems increase their risk factor of experiencing mild cognitive impairment. Neurofeedback is highly effective for sleep disorders, and better sleep is often the first thing clients notice when starting brain training.
  • Practice relaxation techniques. Learning how to calm your mind through meditation, yoga, walking, or other methods is beneficial for your brain.
  • Learn something new. Learning something new pushes your brain to create new pathways. This helps maintain brain health and can decrease the progression of age-related brain diseases.
  • Exercise your brain. Just like other parts of the body, the brain weakens with time if not exercised. This concept is based on neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to adapt and change itself. Consider neurofeedback to get your brain back into optimal condition.

If you or someone you love is at risk for mild cognitive impairment or experiencing symptoms of age-related cognitive decline, we can help. Contact us at Center for Brain at (561) 744-7616 for a free consultation and to learn more.

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