With the rising prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases in the modern era, health conscious individuals are researching and applying novel methods to slow the process of cognitive decline and other age-related neurological problems.
Neurofeedback has become one of the go-to therapies being studied and used to slow the natural aging process. Cognitive health in old age goes hand-in-hand with physical health!
Some Brain Games May Grow the Size of Your Brain: Study
As we get older and have perhaps been sustaining years of poor “brain hygiene”, allowing mental habits like stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia to continue unabated, parts of the brain (like the hippocampus, which works to consolidate information from short-term memory to long-term memory) can actually atrophy, often causing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which puts older people at increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
This recent study showed that a personalized Brain Fitness Program can improve cognitive function and either reverse or grow the volume of hippocampus in elderly with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Neurofeedback, along with a Mediterranean diet, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, omega-3 supplements, exercise, and practicing mindfulness meditation, was shown to be of great benefit to this part of the brain, and caused statistically significant improvements in cognitive function. The average person in the study improved in about five of the 10 cognitive areas. 84% of people showed significant improvement in at least three of the areas of cognitive function.
Get an EEG Brain Map to See What’s Happening Inside your Brain
Getting an EEG brain map made will tell you what is going on inside your head! By understanding the frequencies of different areas of the brain, neurofeedback works to move the
frequencies back to baseline over a period of weeks to months. This is a way to optimize your brain function, grooming the brain for a longer, healthier life.
Slowing the Overall Process of Aging
Neurofeedback, by optimizing other areas and functions of the brain, acts to slow the overall process of age-related neurodecline. Neurofeedback, especially when combined with the other natural interventions mentioned above, is really a way that we can set back the biological clock. The “side effects” of neurofeedback, which include a reduction of stress and anxiety, greater energy levels, less depression, increased neuroplasticity, and better sleep, all act in combination to slow the effects of time and environmental stress on our brain.