Maryland Center for Brain Health

Maryland Center for Brain Health

Here at the Maryland Center for Brain Health we utilize a personalized, research-based approach to help you achieve optimal brain health to assist in prevention of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

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10/25/2021

Raise your hand if you have ever noticed memory lapses during times of stress in your life?

Stress is a very common factor in reducing our cognitice output, and we all have experienced it from time to time.

A shortage of brain-boosting nutrients, cognition-enhancing molecules, hormones and synapse-supporting factors can all lead to neurological dysfunction. Many of these nutrients are intimately linked to ourmetabolism, lifestyle and our diets. These nutrients can also be altered by our exposure to, or our handling of stress.

Share with us some of your favorite stress busting exercises. What helps you relax and recharge?

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Raise your hand if you have ever noticed memory lapses during times of stress in your life?

Stress is a very common factor in reducing our cognitice output, and we all have experienced it from time to time.

A shortage of brain-boosting nutrients, cognition-enhancing molecules, hormones and synapse-supporting factors can all lead to neurological dysfunction. Many of these nutrients are intimately linked to ourmetabolism, lifestyle and our diets. These nutrients can also be altered by our exposure to, or our handling of stress.

Share with us some of your favorite stress busting exercises. What helps you relax and recharge?

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Photos from Maryland Center for Brain Health's post 10/16/2021

Pillar # 5: Life History

Life history plays a vital role in helping to understand someone's current reality, and allows for improved connections. It can affect everything from how we address them, to reasons why they won't want to do simple things such as shower.

For instance, if someone was a retired Army general, as his mind regressess, he may get agitated that people are not addressing him by his proper rank and not understand why you are trying to give HIM the orders.

Someone that grew up without running water or a shower in their house, may suddenly develop a fear of showering as they revert back to that time, because they become unfamilar with it, even if they have used it for a large part of their life.

Former doctors might only trust information given to them by someone in a white lab coat.

Their history gives us insight into their current reality, and the more we can learn about them, the better we can care for them.

Have you had an instance where you noticed learning about someone's history helped you connect with them better?

Photos from Maryland Center for Brain Health's post 10/15/2021

Pillar # 4: Accommodate Sensory Deficits

As dementia progresses, numerous sensory changes take place, and being aware of these changes can assist you in better communicating with those you care for.

As their vision changes, they may not be able to see as much as they used to, and often can only see what is directly in front of them. That means, if they are sitting and you are standing trying to talk to them, they have a front row ticket to your knees. This makes it difficult to connect if you are trying to get them to do or understand what you are saying.

Their reaction time may also slow. Oftentimes they will get asked a question, and then it gets assumed they can't understand us when they don't respond right away. Reaction times can be as slow as 30 seconds, so try waiting a little bit the next time you ask them to get dressed and see how much they probably can do!

Slow reaction time also means they get scared more easily. If you walk by someone in the hall and pat them on the back to say hi and keep going, by the time they realized what has happened, you are long gone and to them it is as if they had an encounter with a ghost!

As they lose the ability to differentiate colors, things like eating and showering can become more difficult. If the plate and the food are the same color, they might not realize what is there. Same with a bathroom. If the shower, the tub, the walls are all the same color it can be very disorienting and often lead to falls.

These are just a few of the sensory changes that can arise when caring for someone with dementia. What else have you noticed and what has helped you?

Photos from Maryland Center for Brain Health's post 10/14/2021

Pillar # 3: Terminate the Task Trap

When caring for someone, especially in a place such as an assisted living community, there can be so many things you need to get done, that you often rush the person you are caring for without ever really making a true connection with them. We get so focused on what needs to be done: get dressed, go to the bathroom, brush your teeth, get to breakfast, etc, that we don't realize just how jarring this can be to someone who has decreased memory capabilities.

Imagine if someone you didn't know burst into your room in the morning, threw back your covers and said "time to get up! Let's get you dressed!". They then started going through your drawers and closet and trying to take off your clothes. It would be quite terrifying I imagine! This is often what those we care for experience. You may have seen this person everyday for 2 years, but to them it might feel like the first time they are ever meeting you.

It is imperative to establish a relationship and trust with each encounter we have, even if it might be time consuming. Remember, this is their world and we are just a part of it.

What is one way that you seek to establish trust with those you care for?

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Photos from Maryland Center for Brain Health's post 10/13/2021

Pillar # 2: Improvise- Be in the Moment

As someone begins to lose their short term memory, every moment can begin to feel brand new, especially as they start to tangle with memories from the past that are resurfacing and also feel like present time.

The ability to be flexible and adaptable is one of the hardest challenges of caregiving, but one that will also help to reduce stress and frustration. Having a routine is important, but so is the ability to realize that the routine may not always go as planned and is out of our control.

Be patient. Allow them to have their space and go with the flow. Occasionally times will arise when the person agrees to do something and then will change their mind at the last minute without any real reason. For instance, not being ready to go to an appointment that they had booked. Telling them that they were supposed to be ready, and didn't they remember they had the appointment, is not going to be productive. Sometimes it helps to make things your fault instead of turning it on them. If you say "mom, I'm so sorry, I made you a doctor appoitnment and completely forgot. I don't want the Dr. to be upset with us. Do you think we could get dressed and go?", it might help diffiuse the situation and allow the person to not feel like they are being blamed for not doing something they don't even remember they were suppoesd to do.

Do you have any additional improv and redirection tactics that have served you well?

Photos from Maryland Center for Brain Health's post 10/12/2021

Pillar #1: Validate their Emotional Experience

Sometimes people with dementia are not fully able to articulate why they are feeling what they are feeling. It may seem to you that their feelings are irrational at the time, but they are very real to the person experiencing them. As someone begins to lose their memory and regress in time, what they are feeling is their true reality, even if it is not ours. I have often seen caregivers get frustrated and upset becuase they keep trying to explain to their loved one that something is or isn't true. All this serves to do is frustrate not only the caregiver but the person living with dementia as well.

Sometimes the best thing we can do, is go along with what they are saying, whether we know it to be true or not and let them know that what they are feeling is valid and that it is ok to feel that way.

How have you experienced this when caring for someone?

Photos from Maryland Center for Brain Health's post 10/11/2021

Are you a caregiver who occasionally feels at a loss caring for somone diagnosed with dementia?

This week we are going to discuss the Vital 5 Pillars of caregiving to give you some helpful tips to better connect and care for those you are caring for. We will go in depth each day to discuss each concept and would love to hear how you are abe to implement these concepts into your every day life.

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10/07/2021

Have you ever been told your thyroid is fine, but you continue to shows all the signs of hypothyroidism?

Might be worth getting your free T3 levels checked!

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Have you ever been told your thyroid is fine, but you continue to shows all the signs of hypothyroidism?

Might be worth getting your free T3 levels checked!

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10/06/2021

Lindsey had such a great time meeting the residents at Village Crossing at Worman's Mill and teaching them about immediate interventions they can implement to ensure healthy brains as they age!

Would you like to know what you can do to prevent cognitive decline?

Schedule a free consult today!

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Lindsey had such a great time meeting the residents at Village Crossing at Worman's Mill and teaching them about immediate interventions they can implement to ensure healthy brains as they age!

Would you like to know what you can do to prevent cognitive decline?

Schedule a free consult today!

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09/27/2021

Did you know toxins are a major contributing factor in developing dementia?

For most people, our natural waste removal systems are able to eliminate toxins on a daily basis. But what happens when we have such a high exposure that we are no longer able to process them effectively?

It can be challenging to completely eliminate toxins from our environment, but there are quite a lot of things that can be done to minimize our exposure and help put our bodies into a state of healing. Luckily, our Enhance Protocol is able to pinpoint which toxins might be contributing to cognitive decline and assist with their removal.

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Did you know toxins are a major contributing factor in developing dementia?

For most people, our natural waste removal systems are able to eliminate toxins on a daily basis. But what happens when we have such a high exposure that we are no longer able to process them effectively?

It can be challenging to completely eliminate toxins from our environment, but there are quite a lot of things that can be done to minimize our exposure and help put our bodies into a state of healing. Luckily, our Enhance Protocol is able to pinpoint which toxins might be contributing to cognitive decline and assist with their removal.

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#MarylandCenterForBrainHealth #FrederickMd #MdBrainHealth #Memory #BrainHealth #DementiaPrevention #AlzheimersPrevention #BrainFood #ThrivingMind #BrainPower #ImproveMemory #MemoryCoach #CognitiveHealth #PreventCognitiveDecline #AlzheimersResearch #TheEnhanceProtocol #EndAlz #HealYourBody #HealYourBrain #brain #neurowell #recoveryispossible #changeyourbrain #memoryloss #toxins #detox #healthyliving #wellnessjourney

09/22/2021

How have you or a loved been affected by dementia? We would love to hear your stories. What is something you wish people knew about caring for someone who has been affected by dementia?

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How have you or a loved been affected by dementia? We would love to hear your stories. What is something you wish people knew about caring for someone who has been affected by dementia?

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#MarylandCenterForBrainHealth #FrederickMd #MdBrainHealth #Memory #BrainHealth #DementiaPrevention #AlzheimersPrevention #BrainFood #ThrivingMind #BrainPower #ImproveMemory #MemoryCoach #CognitiveHealth #PreventCognitiveDecline #AlzheimersResearch #TheEnhanceProtocol #EndAlz #HealYourBody #HealYourBrain #brain #neurowell #recoveryispossible #changeyourbrain #memoryloss

09/21/2021

Are you normal?

Do you want to be optimal?

Head on over to our blog to learn about what exactly our lab values mean, why we want to optimize those values, and how it ties into our brain health!

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#MarylandCenterForBrainHealth #FrederickMd #MdBrainHealth #Memory #BrainHealth #DementiaPrevention #AlzheimersPrevention #BrainFood #ThrivingMind #BrainPower #ImproveMemory #MemoryCoach #CognitiveHealth #PreventCognitiveDecline #AlzheimersResearch #TheEnhanceProtocol #EndAlz #HealYourBody #HealYourBrain #brain #neurowell #recoveryispossible #changeyourbrain #memoryloss #normalvsoptimal #labvalues

Are you normal?

Do you want to be optimal?

Head on over to our blog to learn about what exactly our lab values mean, why we want to optimize those values, and how it ties into our brain health!

Www.MDBrainHealth.com/blog

#MarylandCenterForBrainHealth #FrederickMd #MdBrainHealth #Memory #BrainHealth #DementiaPrevention #AlzheimersPrevention #BrainFood #ThrivingMind #BrainPower #ImproveMemory #MemoryCoach #CognitiveHealth #PreventCognitiveDecline #AlzheimersResearch #TheEnhanceProtocol #EndAlz #HealYourBody #HealYourBrain #brain #neurowell #recoveryispossible #changeyourbrain #memoryloss #normalvsoptimal #labvalues

09/16/2021

This is going to be a fantastic discussion on why exactly exercise is so beneficial to the brain. You won't want to miss it!

How exactly does exercise affect the brain? Join Ryan Glatt, Julie G, and Dr. Bredesen for a Facebook Live discussion on the best type of exercise for cognition.

We go live tomorrow, September 16, at 2PM PT.

09/11/2021

Come out and join us at In the Street in Fredrick today and learn all about brain health and learn your RightEye IQ!

Come out and join us at In the Street in Fredrick today and learn all about brain health and learn your RightEye IQ!

09/07/2021

Only 4 more days until this amazing event!

Even if you are not quite yet over 50, this information will still be incredibly helpful for you (or a loved one!) to know as you age to help you be as vibrant and healthy as you can in your later years.

Get quick and easy solutions to achieve lasting energy, unstoppable strength and optimal health in your 50’s and beyond.

Join the free online Women Over 50 Get Fit Wellness Series September 11th – September 14th 2021

https://lindseymccormick.krtra.com/t/j72DetwmrqdT

You’ll hear from top experts in key areas of nutrition, fitness, hormones, body & mindset, including yours truly and @AliciaJonesHealthyLiving!

Together we’ll help you blaze a path toward a truly life-altering transformation from the inside out.

https://lindseymccormick.krtra.com/t/j72DetwmrqdT

Only 4 more days until this amazing event!

Even if you are not quite yet over 50, this information will still be incredibly helpful for you (or a loved one!) to know as you age to help you be as vibrant and healthy as you can in your later years.

Get quick and easy solutions to achieve lasting energy, unstoppable strength and optimal health in your 50’s and beyond.

Join the free online Women Over 50 Get Fit Wellness Series September 11th – September 14th 2021

https://lindseymccormick.krtra.com/t/j72DetwmrqdT

You’ll hear from top experts in key areas of nutrition, fitness, hormones, body & mindset, including yours truly and @AliciaJonesHealthyLiving!

Together we’ll help you blaze a path toward a truly life-altering transformation from the inside out.

https://lindseymccormick.krtra.com/t/j72DetwmrqdT

Photos from Maryland Center for Brain Health's post 08/31/2021

Did you know that brain waves can have a huge effect in our cognition and how we feel?

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