College of Medicine / Comprehensive Center for Brain Health / Dementia Prevention Program


       

Comprehensive Center for Brain Health
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-0164
healthybrain@health.fau.edu

The Dementia Prevention Program

Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders affect more than seven million Americans, and an additional 120 million others over the age of 50 are at risk for developing some type of cognitive impairment.

In the Dementia Prevention Program, part of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health at Florida Atlantic University, individuals who have subjective concerns about their memory or with a family history of dementia can take control of their brain health and potentially reduce their risks of developing neurodegenerative diseases.

Although, risk factors such as age and family history cannot be changed, research proves that other potential risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other diseases can be modified if identified and addressed. These include hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, low mental activities, decreased social engagement, personality traits, low muscle mass, limited physical activities, increased inflammation, poor dietary patterns, and disrupted sleep.

The Dementia Prevention Program uses a unique customized approach to create a patient’s profile detailing potential risks. The initial six-hour first appointment includes:

Prevention Patient
  • Medical history, physical and neurological exam
  • Measures of gait, balance and fitness assessment
  • Cognitive testing
  • Tests of vision, hearing, pulmonary and cardiac function
  • Ultrasound of carotid, cerebral and peripheral blood vessels
  • Retinal and cornea imaging
  • Take-home overnight sleep study
  • Measures of diet, nutrition, and lifestyle
  • Psychological and social network assessment
  • Blood work for identifying metabolic, endocrine, vascular and inflammatory markers
  • MRI revealing brain volume and other measurements
  • EEG and event-related potentials of brain function


After the risk profile is completed, a personalized treatment plan is created.

Additional services are available including an Integrative Nutrition and Health Coaching Program. This program combines nutrition, meditation, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques to achieve greater health and happiness. Psychotherapeutic services for patients, caregivers, couples, families, and groups are also available with a focus on cognitive-behavioral, dialectical, and mindfulness-based interventions. Individualized physical therapy and personal training sessions are provided on-site, concentrating on the preservation of each patient's gait, balance, endurance, and strength- all of which are related to cognition.

The Dementia Prevention Clinic is located at the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health, 777 Glades Road, ME-104, First Floor. Office visits are by appointment only. To schedule, please call 561-297-0164. You can also reach us by email at healthybrain@health.fau.edu.



Last Modified 4/2/18