Personalized initial assessment: Anyone who wishes to pursue the BFC programs will be interviewed and undergo a cognitive evaluation to develop a customized training program.
Measurements of brain function: The BFC offers neurophysiologic measures, brain imaging, and leading edge technologies, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), to evaluate brain function and measure its plasticity, define an individual index of brain health, and assess the effectiveness of cognitive training in preventing neurodegenerative diseases and age-related disability.
Gait and balance assessments: Research has shown that gait and balance are intimately tied to cognitive capacity and health, not to mention physical safety. Gait and balance assessments can help gauge members’ functional mobility and cognitive abilities and identify beneficial physical and cognitive exercises for their training programs.
Combined TMS/tdcs and cognitive/motor training: Emerging studies suggest that combining noninvasive brain stimulation techniques and targeted cognitive training can lead to improvement in attention, learning, and motor functions. The Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation is one of few centers in the world leading the research in this area and offers noninvasive brain stimulation for diagnostic applications and treatment of a variety of neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Nutrition Assessment: Meet with specialists in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism for personalized assessment of nutrition, diet, and weight-management, and learn ways to maintain your brain health nutrition program for optimal cognitive and physical wellness!
Coaching: BFC coaches help members set priorities (physical, emotional, cognitive), analyze their strengths and weaknesses, and identify any potential barriers to their goals. Coaches then monitor members’ progress, providing continuous guidance and encouragement.
Group classes: The BFC offers a range of activities that research suggests can improve cognitive health and functioning. Weekly offerings include:
Gentle (seated) yoga
Music-based cognitive training
Attention and memory skills-building
Sleep and nutrition education
Computerized cognitive training programs
Full day/Full week Brain Health workshops: For individuals who want to learn about the BFC programs, we offer one-time workshops with hands-on activities to introduce participants to the content of our group classes.
Open gym space times: While some of the computer-based training programs are accessible from your home computer, others require use of the computer facilities on site at BIDMC. Additionally, some members may prefer to pursue computer training with on-site guidance from support staff. “Open gym” times for onsite use of computers are available. Please check with the BFC staff members for hours.
COMING SOON: Personal training and exercise programs to keep your brain and body well!
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