The Brain Fitness Center
When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But the health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing – even sleeping. The good news is that we now know there’s a lot you can do to help keep your brain healthier as you age.
—Alzheimer’s Association Brain Health Topic Sheet
Conventional wisdom has long held that aging automatically means a decline in brain function. We now have scientific evidence that decline is not inevitable. The main pillars of brain fitness are balanced diet, physical exercise, cognitive stimulation, stress management, and social engagement. Keeping your brain active and engaged increases its vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections. Brain fitness may be as simple as keeping your brain active through reading, conversing with friends, and engaging in interesting hobbies like playing music, painting or you can add to these by engaging in brain fitness programs.
The ElderLife Brain Fitness Center Service
We administer the Brief Cognitive Assessment tool, a multi-domain tool that assesses orientation, verbal recall, visual recognition, visual recall, attention, abstraction, language, executive functions, and visuo-spatial processing. This test can assist in determining which brain fitness program activities are most helpful for individuals.
Cognitive Fitness Coaching (Individual & Group)
Regular brain exercise improves brain fitness and true brain exercise requires novelty, variety, and increasing levels of challenge. We provide programs with all 3 using paper and pencil activities, music, art, physical manipulation games, puzzles and activities. In fun, interactive 45-minute sessions your brain will be stimulated and challenged.
The BCAT Program
This program is used to promote and maximize cognitive functioning in individuals with dementia. The activities target attention, memory, and executive functions. We refer to this triad as the “cognitive task manager” used for everyday functioning.
Stress Reduction & Mindfulness Program
Mindfulness meditation alters regions of the brain associated with memory, awareness of self, and compassion, reduces stress, and has positive effects on the immune system. Blood pressure and heart rate. This four-week program introduces participants to the practice of mindfulness.
Individual sessions available by appointment: call 518-313-0005