The population is living longer than ever, but cognitive health is often lost in the discussion around physical health. Conditions such as dementia are on the increase, but many healthcare practitioners do not attempt to measure brain health.
I am committed to improving cognitive health, which is why I have introduced cognitive performance assessments from CBS Health to measure how a person’s brain is doing over time. Assessments include a quick, fun series of tasks that objectively measure your memory, reasoning, verbal ability, and attention—all facets of cognition that are important in your everyday life.
Cognitive function can be impaired when people are experiencing short-term or long-term stress and in specific conditions such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, Sleep Disorders and Concussion.
Cognitive function can also be impaired with neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke and Frontotemporal Lobe Dementias. In the future we hope that the early detection of cognitive decline may lead to potential treatments for these conditions starting sooner and improve outcomes for patients.
We all have a subjective idea of how our brains are doing—some days we feel “off” or have “brain fog,” while other days we feel like we can take on the world. But how much better are we on the good days? Are lifestyle or health changes making a difference? That’s where cognitive assessment comes in. By putting a number to these subjective feelings, we can discover what is causing the good days in order to have more of them. When your brain is performing, every activity in your daily life will be easier, from remembering where you parked your car to doing your tax returns.
I have decided to use the CBS Health cognitive assessment platform to measure brain health. I am able to offer these measures to assess, monitor, and manage core areas of cognition to ensure that your treatment is on the right track.
The CBS Health tasks have been validated by decades of scientific research and are proven to measure the most important aspects of cognition. Performance is directly linked with the areas of your brain that are required for each cognitive domain. The tasks are fun, and only take minutes to complete. You can objectively track how your brain is responding to treatment.
In my clinic I have made it standard practice to objectively check up on areas such as memory, attention, reasoning, and verbal ability—all cognitive abilities you need to function optimally in everyday life. It’s not a test—it’s a quick check-up on how you’re doing today, like a blood pressure cuff for your brain. It is easy to complete the tasks in the comfort of your own home.
CBS Health assessments are not an IQ test. There is no judgment, and the goal is progress over time, because we acknowledge that brain health changes from day to day.