Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Brain Fitness

Help your Brain-Body to Grow and Adapt by optimizing your ability to change. We can teach you the simple life-style changes, exercises and behaviors that can help you optimize the amount of beneficial change occurring in your brain and body

What is Brain Fitness and Neuroplasticity?
Like physical fitness, it is important to maintain a healthy brain. Developing and maintaining a healthy brain, necessitates keeping your brain active and young. A healthy brain is constantly changing and adapting, as our brains continuously change in accordance to our behaviors and experiences. The process that allows our brains to change is called “Neuroplasticity.” Neuroplasticity is a natural and ongoing process of the nervous system

  • Neuroplasticity is the primary factor responsible for learning
  • Neuroplasticity alters and creates our responses to events in the world.
  • The nervous system is constantly adapting to internal and external pressures, generating new neurons, strengthening existing connections, and forming new connections

Beneficial Neuroplasticity = Brain Fitness

Contrary to belief, our brains are constantly changing to meet our needs. The old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not exactly true. Neuroplasticity is occurring throughout our lives and constantly shaping who we are. As a result, you become what you do. It is easy, therefore, to imagine how good and bad habits can have good and bad consequences on your brain.

  • When the brain in highly interconnected and active the mind-body has a better chance of adapting to injury and disease, maintaining health
  • The Mind-Body suffers when the brain is inactive and less integrated. Inactivity limits our range of behaviors and cognitive skills; this results in the decline of neural functions

Symptoms of Neural Decline
The decline of neural functions is typically the result of aging, inactivity, and/or neural injury, displaying:

  • Memory loss
  • Sensory decline (Hearing loss, Vision Loss)
  • Decline of Motor skills
  • Decreased capabilities
  • Slower processing speed

What can Brain Fitness do for You?
The decline of neural functions does not have to be inevitable. We now know that our brains are constantly changing at every age. You can take action to slow and even reverse the decline of neural functions, improving such conditions as:

  • General Health
  • Age-Related Cognitive Decline
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Some Examples of Brain Fitness Exercises and Behaviors

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Challenge your senses
  • Limit your exposure to toxins like alcohol, environmental chemicals, and other drugs
  • Use both sides of your brain-body
  • Cognitive challenges
  • Limit your stress levels
  • Engage in social interactions
  • Never stop learning