☀BRAIN BOOT CAMP☀

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Did you know… your brain shrinks a decade before signs of Alzheimer’s disease appear.

A brain affected by Alzheimer’s has far fewer nerve cells and synapses than a healthy brain. The “grey matter” actually begins to shrivel, impairing the ability to process information. The hippocampus, so important to the formation of new memories, shrinks.

The earliest stages of ALZ may begin as many as 20 YEARS BEFORE the disease is severe enough to be diagnosed.

Your brain is aging just like your body. Your hidden bundle of neurons shrink silently until it screams, “I’M IN TROUBLE!”. 

It’s much easier to protect your brain cells while they’re healthy than trying to bring dead neurons back to life. By keeping your brain young, you can expect more enjoyment and independence in your later years.

Brain Boot Camp, an interactive, research-based training developed by UCLA researchers to optimize brain vitality and health, is available to you. Brain Boot Camp can help you…

  1. Sharpen memory capacity, slow age-related decline, and help maintain peak memory performance. The UCLA research group has found that using simple memory techniques can activate and strengthen specific neural circuits in the brain’s frontal lobe, a critically important memory-processing center. 
  2. Learn strategies to help you take control over your own brain aging.
  3. Learn how to form new habits (e.g., eating behaviors).
  4. Learn tactics and strategies to strengthen synapses. Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to continue to change in response to new inputs (experiences) which strengthens synapses.
  5. Learn how to build up cognitive reserve (a buffer against cognitive decline), i.e., be better able to stave off the degenerative brain changes that are associated with dementia.
  6. Learn how to develop a more resilient brain and protect it from chronic systemic inflammation.
  7. Learn how to encourage neurogenesis (new brain cells). Neurogenesis is possible in adult brains. You can actually grow new brain cells.
  8. Learn how well your brain is protected against oxidative stress — a process that ‘wears away at your brain’ — based on your own antioxidant capacity test score*. PX_Scanner*Brain Boot Camp includes antioxidant capacity testing using Raman resonance spectroscopy — a method of non-invasively determining the antioxidant status in skin tissue.

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

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.

THE PROGRAM

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

  • Focused intervention to achieve optimal brain health by the Super Six staples.
  • Baseline measurements of memory, stress, and fitness level
  • Customized healthy lifestyle program
  • Mentoring of various techniques for learning and recalling names and faces  
  • Improvement tracking 
  • Take-home strategies, exercises, and assignments to continue improving memory on a daily basis  

Who Can Benefit?

  • Middle-aged (age 35 to 58), older adults/seniors concerned with increased forgetfulness and desire to slow the aging process.
  • fat business man use scale to measure his waistlineOverweight: Carrying extra weight (especially visceral fat) accelerates cognitive decline. Understand the weight-brain connection and learn to suppress unhealthy behaviors and form new habits.
  • Cancer survivors:  Chemo brain and chemo fog are terms widely used by patients to describe thinking and memory problems that can be more noticeable after chemotherapy. Brain Boot Camp can help you learn to adapt and cope with memory changes.

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Karen OwocClinical Exercise Physiologist/Health Educator | Certified UCLA Memory Educator 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 2-day non-intimidating interactive program. Sessions are two hours in length.

Camp size/pricing options:

  • 4-10 Campers per session
  • Semi-private (2-3 Campers) – recommended for couples/spouses
  • 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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