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BrainHealth Physical

Each year, you most likely have an annual check up with your family practice physician or internal medicine doctor. Weight is noted, blood pressure taken and cholesterol checked. All are routine measures to keep you in tiptop shape. If all is well, your doctor reminds you to exercise, eat right and sends you on your way. This annual routine establishes a benchmark of your physical health, one by which the next year’s visit will be measured. What is not taken into consideration is your brain health or cognitive function.

The brain is the most vital organ to everyday-life functioning. It is just as essential to measure and monitor your brain fitness as it is to measure and monitor your physical fitness. In the last five years, science has proven that much can be done to keep the brain healthy just like the body. Establishing a brain health benchmark will allow you to annually monitor any changes with the purpose of keeping tabs on cognitive abilities as you age and build resilience as much as possible to guard against decline.


What is a BrainHealth Physical?

  • Unique cognitive assessment that establishes a benchmark of cognitive function in pivotal areas of higher order mental functioning, all of which rely on robust frontal lobe function.
  • A one-on-one evaluation with a clinician in a comfortable and friendly environment. The BrainHealth Physical involves a series of cognitive tests that are a combination of verbal interactions with your clinician and written responses.
  • Within a month after your assessment, you will come back for a one-on-one meeting to review your results. You will also be given recommendations with practical ideas on how to strengthen your brain’s performance.
  • The BrainHealth Physical does not involve brain imaging (MRI, CT Scan, SPECT, EEG, etc.), medication or any other procedure.


What Does a BrainHealth Physical Assess?

The BrainHealth Physical assesses performance of the frontal lobe of your brain, which is responsible for planning, judgment, decision-making, problem solving and other executive functions. The comprehensive assessment measures your brain’s strengths as well as areas that could be improved. Recommendations will help advise ways to:

Increase productivity                                                          Focus and stay on task

Achieve higher levels of work efficiency                             Increase flexibility in thinking

       Be aware of habits that may drain the brain                       Enhance decision making


Specifics:

  • Information gleaned from the BrainHealth Physical is completely personal and confidential. Only you and your clinician know the results.
  • The cost of a BrainHealth Physical is $600. The total assessment takes approximately 2.5 hours.

  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Jennifer Zientz at 972-883-3404 or by email at Jennifer.Zientz@utdallas.edu.
     

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