Memories can be good, bad, indifferent, clear, fuzzy or sometimes even non-existent. But how do you know if your memory is functioning properly? Sometimes we forget (pun intended) what the basic function of memories are; to help learn and develop, protect ourselves and survive. Memory, many times, is used as a benchmark of intelligence yet also seen as an indicator of cognitive decline, and it’s not until we start to lose our memory that we realize just how important it is to daily life. What happens though when our memory starts to decline? The “Wonder Years,” as one of our colleagues so aptly puts it, can be very scary.
I wonder where I put my keys, I wonder what that person’s name is… I wonder where I am?
As we progress deeper into the “Wonder Years” we realize that just getting through a day can be a very complicated process. So how do we avoid going down this road? Well, testing your memory, concentration, decision-making and functional abilities is the best place to start.
As it applies to brain function, memory is the process in which information is encoded, stored and retrieved. It is a complex process of multiple brain networks and functions and can be broken down into many different subsets. This complex process, when working correctly, can work wonders for our ability to learn, interact and grow as human beings. But when it starts to break down, it can be annoying at best and debilitating at worst.
We offer an in office test which can give you very valuable information about your current overall memory and brain function. Testing your memory subtypes, attention, processing speed, mental flexibility and decision-making abilities can give you an invaluable baseline of your functional brain health, and set you on the track to improvement and optimization. There are many proven and trusted treatments to help with issues of brain function including specific supplements, exercise, nutrition, Neurofeedback and other cognitive exercises, but you need an established baseline from which to improve. Video games on your smart phone, unfortunately, are not alone going to keep you sharp as a tac through your Wonder Years…
Give us a call at (704) 333-4817 to inquire about testing your memory and overall brain function. In less than an hour you can have tangible, objective measurements of your brain function and we can talk about specific changes you can make to optimize your life.
Update: 7/2018 – We recently launched the reconnect program. The ReConnect Program is based off the framework and fundamentals of The Bredesen Protocol® with variations based upon our clinical experience of improving the brain function of over 10,000 individuals. To learn more visit our cognitive decline page.