I wanted to share with you information from our very own Dr. DenBoer regarding what we exactly do here at SMART Brain Aging.
The Impact of Dementia
Dementia is an enormous problem in the United States and beyond. (particularly in India, China, and Japan) It is also growing at an alarming rate. (as the baby boomers age into dementia). This leads to dementia being the #1 pandemic-level disorder in the world, far outpacing heart disease, breast cancer, etc.
Is Dementia Prevention Possible?
As I am sure you all know, there is no way, at present, to prevent the onset of dementia.
Drugs don’t work well. The best and most effective mitigation mechanism is aerobic exercise. Research tells us that a close second to this is the right kind of cognitive exercise.
Although some older people keep their brains active as they age, most do it the wrong way, by engaging in activities that they already know how to do. This “old learning” is not helpful, although many believe that it is.
A more effective way to mitigate dementia is to engage in new and novel learning like by doing brain activity that one has not done before. This allows the brain to release a series of neurotransmitters in the brain that end with an excitatory neurotransmitter named glutamate. The excess release of glutamate, as shown in research with animals, has been demonstrated to decrease the overall atrophy (i.e., shrinkage) of the brain cortex and subcortical structures (including the hippocampus, which is primarily responsible for memory consolidation).
Please see email link to articles on the neuroprotective effects of glutamate here:
Research shows that if people aged 55 and older do this 1 to 2 hours per week, then it may help protect them from the onset of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is when the brain begins to shrink very slowly and imperceptibly. Unfortunately, there is no way at present to detect the onset of MCI. The onset and progression of MCI can last more than 10 years, with a typical range of 3-7. It is vital that we address dementia progression at this point (if not before), but most often we do not.
More information on MCI can be found at:
SMART Brain Aging’s Role
Our product, Brain U Online (www.brainuonline.com) is designed to impact the onset of MCI and limit the progression of MCI into amnestic MCI (see below). The use of Brain U Online has been shown to reduce the onset of MCI, help prevent the conversion into aMCI, and help mitigate the intensity of dementia by as much as 50% and delay the progression into dementia by up to 2.25 years. Brain U Online is not a brain game – it is a digital therapy!
A significant percentage of individuals with MCI go on to develop amnestic MCI (aMCI). This is when the brain cortex begins to shrink more rapidly, particularly in the hippocampus region. Again, this is very difficult, if not impossible, to detect. aMCI progression typically happens much faster than MCI, within 1-2 years or less. It is vital that the progression of dementia is stopped at this point, but it is often not.
More information on aMCI can be found here:
A combination of our products, Brain U Online and Brain U Clinic, have been found to be effective in reducing the conversation of MCI into aMCI.
The overwhelming majority of individuals with aMCI will go on to develop dementia within 1-3 years. There are 7 stages of dementia. (https://www.dementiacarecentral.com/aboutdementia/facts/stages/) Once an individual progresses past Stage 2, there begins a very progressive (exponential) and downhill slide to Stage 3-5, ending in immobility and severe lack of communication by Stage 5-6 and then, typically death. This can happen in 1-3 years, although estimates do vary significantly.
We typically use Brain U Clinic and Brain U Caregiver to address clients in Stage 1-2 of dementia. This methodology has been shown to help reduce the intensity of the disease by as much as 40%. We combined with OT and (particularly) PT (aerobic exercise) this improves significantly; psychotherapy is added to reduce social isolation and address the barriers of isolation, depression, and anxiety.
Please see a review I had published on this here:
All our clinicians are trained agents in this process. To date, we have helped over 7,000 clients through Brain U Clinic to mitigate the dementia process. We will reach over 10,000 more in 2019. Nobody does what we do. We are fighting on the front lines of this disease; we are in the best city in the world to engage in this fight
As you can see, dementia is the end-product of a long, mostly silent, process. Our goal is to break this silence through early identification and intervention.
Medical Disclaimer: By reading this blog, I acknowledge that I am not creating or entering a clinical or medical relationship with Dr. DenBoer and SMART Brain Aging. I understand that all materiel included in this blog is strictly for informational purposes only. The content is to provide me with information and knowledge and I will not substitute it for diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. I am aware the author does not hold a medical degree or license and is simply providing me additional information on a variety of health topics.