You CAN stay sharp as you age: Options for cognitive decline prevention and treatment
The stakes are high. Research clearly shows gradual mental decline with aging, affecting:
- thinking skills
- problem solving
But research also shows that you can stay sharp as you age. A rapidly growing number of studies in the neuroscience of brain aging are showing us new methods and techniques to help you maintain your mental fitness as you age. Cognitive decline prevention is coming into prominence.
At the NeuroDevelopment Center, we are devoted to helping you maintain your mental fitness as you age. Our staff professionals comb the cutting edge of this science to uncover new knowledge and techniques to help you get sharp and stay sharp. Everyday, new studies are published that point the way toward cognitive decline prevention. We find them and translate the complexities of advanced brain science into practical approaches you can use to stay sharp.
The research is increasingly clear: mental fitness protects you from the effects of age related cognitive decline and from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Mental fitness is a form of cognitive decline prevention.
Choose from these options to prevent or treat age related decline
Cogmed working memory training
Stress contributes to mental decline. The stress hormone cortisol destroys memory neurons. Research shows that heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback is an effective way to reduce stress.
Your heart beat is a great “stress-o-meter”. When you are stressed or “revved up” or in a negative emotional state, and your nervous system arousal is high, your heart beats in lockstep. The amount of time between heart beats changes very little. When you are calm and stable, and nervous system arousal is lower, the beat to beat interval becomes more flexible.
HRV biofeedback training provides an easy and very concrete way to learn how to reshape these heart rate rhythms for increased calm and stability. A simple sensor on your ear or finger picks up your heart beat. The computer analyzes the interval between heart beats. During HRV biofeedback sessions we will help you learn to relax your muscles and your mind, and learn to slow and regulate your breathing. As you learn, your heart rate variability will increase. The image above shows a session in progress, with the more regular signal on the right half of the top section showing increased HRV. Once you learn the techniques in sessions in our office, you can also use inexpensive software at home to build your ability to recognize when you are bothered and rapidly regain your calm.
NeuroTracker is a new technology that isolates and trains attention and working memory, without medication! Several early studies have shown significant improvements in attention after seven 15-minute sessions of training with Neurotracker. The training is safe and non-invasive. It engages you in a series of 3D exercises that help improve attention, focus, and awareness. Neurotracker is used by elite athletes around the world to improve their attention and movement tracking while in play. Teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and EPL employ Neurotracker as do many Olympic and college athletes. New research is showing that NeuroTracker can help you stay sharp as you age. Learn more.