You can’t help but be impressed by the research going on at the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas. Top to bottom, I think they are putting in place the team that will lead to new breakthroughs in autism, attention deficit disorder, Alzheimer’s, and other significant brain issues.
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.
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
The cost of a BrainHealth Physical is $600. The total assessment takes approximately 2.5 hours.