According to the World Health Organization, “Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities.” Dementia is the “umbrella” category for all dementias including Alzheimer’s disease (the leading cause of dementia), vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and others. The Alzheimer’s Association explains many types in more detail here
While we still have much to learn about dementia, its causes, and a cure, what we do know is that it is not a normal part of aging. Our research has shown that proper cognitive exercise can impact your brain as you age in a positive way.
You may be wondering, If there’s no cure, why bother getting an assessment with a possible diagnosis? Getting an assessment when you start to notice changes in memory, confusion, or behavior is a good idea because it gives you the opportunity to do many important things, three of which are:
Are you concerned about yourself or a loved one? There are many helpful resources online, and this one is particularly easy to understand:
You can also make an appointment at one of our clinics to have an assessment performed and have a conversation with one of our team members. Check out our clinic locations and call 855-BSMART-0 to make an appointment.
SMART Brain Aging’s programs are based on the research performed by Dr. John DenBoer and his team over the past ten years. Dr. DenBoer’s training and research includes time at VA, Boston Health Care system (Harvard Medical School/Boston University School of Medicine), Barrow Neurological Institute and has resulted in exciting results related to reducing cognitive decline and improved quality of life in aging individuals.
Dr. DenBoer’s latest research is currently in the publication process. Here are some highlights of the dementia studies:
What leads to these exciting results? It is our proprietary combination of new and novel learning in a socialized environment that has enabled us to see individuals’ lives improve based on improved cognition and perceived quality of life.
Just like all great advances in science, there is significant research that has come before our work to get us to this point. Learn more about related research by following these links: