Forgetting names of old colleagues and friends is a major complaint among middle-aged baby boomers and their parents around the globe. Between the ages of 70-79, 65% of individuals will complain about some memory loss. However, up to 50% of Americans older than 80 will have significant memory loss or dementia. Given that the elderly represent the fastest growing portion of the population, cognitive decline associated with aging has become a major health concern.
Fortunately, according to recent research, it appears that memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are often the results of a multitude of etiologies-most of which can be prevented or modified. For those over 55, Alzheimer's disease is the most feared condition, though we have identified that Alzheimer's disease is only one of the many causes of cognitive impairment. Modifiable conditions, including weight, stress, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and diabetes have been identified as factors that shrink the brain.
The Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness is the first and only multidisciplinary program devoted to preventing Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. Our goal is to create a comprehensive program that uses the latest research to help middle-age and elderly individuals improve their brain health and achieve optimal cognitive performance. Here at the Neurology Institute, we determine the risk factors for each individual and design a personalized prevention plan that will increase the odds of aging with a strong brain.
Patients have the opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical trials and learn about the latest neuroscience research. Our aim is to determine which interventions provide the highest benefits for brain health and better memory in the shortest amount of time, and to develop novel neuroprotective nutritional products or diagnostic assays.