Get Your Brain In Shape

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“Our brains are aging just like our bodies,” says Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.


Brain Boot Camp is an interactive, research-based training that optimizes brain vitality and health. This intensive course, developed by UCLA researchers, develops healthy habits and techniques for:

  • Sharper problem solving skills
  • Increased mental agility
  • Improved memory


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Brain Boot Camp is a fun, interactive class! This half-day program cultivates a lifestyle that protects your brain from the wear and tear of aging. You can benefit whether you are a:

  • Working parent juggling a career, household, and carpool duties.
  • Retired professional concerned with aging issues and increased forgetfulness.
  • College student with upcoming finals and two part-time jobs.

It’s never too early (or too late) to start taking care of your brain.


Lifestyle diseases are diseases that occur primarily as a result of your daily habits. Some of the main contributing factors include: bad food habits, physical inactivity, stress, and an aging biological clock.

Coronary Artery Disease  Research shows if you get cardiovascular disease, it is likely to affect your cognitive function. Plaque builds up in your brain as well as your heart. Unhealthy patterns of cholesterol disrupt communication between nerve cells in your brain and contribute to memory and mental destruction.

Diabetes (A Model of Accelerated Aging)  There is considerable evidence that diabetes is related to brain diseases. Younger diabetics suffer a variety of degenerative diseases earlier and with greater severity than non-diabetics and seem to age more rapidly than normal.

People with type 2 diabetes are 50-65% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people with normal blood sugars. Some experts are now referring to Alzheimer’s as type 3 diabetes. It occurs when neurons in the brain become unable to respond to insulin which is essential for memory and learning.

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Obesity  As the population ages, it is expected that dementia incidences will increase 400% in the next 20 years. A 27-year study found obese people were 74% more likely to have dementia, while overweight people were 35% more likely.

Possible speculation is that substances such as leptin, a hormone released by visceral or “belly” fat may have some adverse effects on the brain. Leptin plays a role in appetite regulation but also in learning and memory.

There is a tremendous need for innovative solutions for aging. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 40% of people ages 55+ were working or actively looking for work in 2014. That number is expected to increase fastest for people ages 65 to 74 and 75+ through 2024.

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  • Strengthen recall of faces, names, and every day items.
  • Optimize cognitive function and prevent cognitive decline.
  • Gain support for a healthy brain diet and lifestyle.
  • Experience greater productivity.
  • Improve focus, concentration, and attention.
  • Decrease anxiety around inevitable memory loss.

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Chemo Brain

Brain Boot Camp can help you learn to adapt and cope with memory changes if you are a cancer survivor. Chemo brain and chemo fog are terms widely used by patients to describe thinking and memory problems that can be more noticeable after chemotherapy.

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Brain Boot Camp incorporates the following younger-brain tactics and cognitive strategies:

A) Focused intervention to achieve optimal brain health by the Big Four staples:

1. Stress management — Chronic stress and the hormones that trigger your natural alarm system interfere with the ability to learn and recall information. Whether you’re a busy executive, a “sandwich generation” caregiver, or an overachieving retiree, your high-stress lifestyle can accelerate brain aging.

2. Memory training/mental stimulation — Scientific evidence now indicates that mental exercise may not only keep your brain cells healthy, but they may also help them grow. The brain loves variety, so cross-training (activating different parts of your brain with different types of exercises) will optimize more brain power.

3. Physical exercise — Studies show inactivity and insufficient cardiorespiratory training reduce the amount of nutrients and oxygen that reach your brain cells.

4. Brain healthy nutrition —  Being overweight doubles your risk for Alzheimer’s as does diabetes. Obesity quadruples the risk. Research has shown that antioxidants* may retard damage to the brain’s DNA and the acceleration of brain aging.


*Brain Boot Camp includes antioxidant capacity testing using Raman resonance spectroscopy — a method of non-invasively determining the antioxidant status in skin tissue. 

B) Baseline measurements of memory, stress, and fitness level

C) Customized healthy lifestyle program

D) Mentoring of various techniques for learning and recalling names and faces  

E) Improvement tracking 

F) Take-home strategies, exercises, and assignments to continue improving memory on a daily basis  

“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” ~Bonnie Prudden

In partnership with the UCLA Longevity Center, Brain Boot Camp is taught in an individual/small group format and is offered to:

  • Corporate executives, management teams
  • Cancer treatment centers
  • Medical practices
  • Wellness and corporate retreats
  • Residential retirement communities
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Karen OwocClinical Exercise Physiologist/Health Educator | Certified UCLA Brain Trainer and Licensee

You have the option of joining an existing group of Campers or creating your own private Boot Camp with colleagues, family, or friends.

Camp Size: Brain Boot Camp is a 4-hour interactive class in a non-intimidating environment. Two 2-hour sessions are recommended.

Camp size/pricing options:

  • 5-10 Campers per session
  • Semi-private (3-4 Campers)
  • Private (one-on-one)

For more information: karen.owoc@brainbootcamp.org

O: (925) 735-0700   M: (925) 413-6207 (text or voicemail)

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