If you’re over 60, chances are you’re worried about your memory. Here at Cleveland Neurofeedback, we appreciate this concern because several of us are helping aging parents and are also old enough to see these changes beginning in ourselves. We recognize the “What the heck did I come into the kitchen for?!” moments.
Although none of us began our neurofeedback work with a particular interest in this issue, we’ve become very intrigued by the number of clients who are reporting improvements in memory, attention, and concentration.
Is neurofeedback a cure for dementia? Absolutely not! But we DO see these interesting improvements, and as we think about people we love—or even ourselves—it’s clear to us that we would be grateful for anything that reversed symptoms for a period of time, or even put a pause on the decline without reversing it.
Does NeurOptimal do that? We don’t have a lot of data yet, but we have gathered some, and the results are quite promising. We’ll soon be able to look at precise measures of your brain’s processing speed—a critical indicator of an individual’s cognitive well being.
Common Questions We Are Asked By Age-related Decline Clients
Will this work for me?
We don’t have any way of knowing this for sure. Conservatively, though, we can say that more than half of the clients we see who are concerned about age-related cognitive problems do report improvements.
I’m taking Aricept (or Namenda). Do I have to stop?
No…absolutely not. They do not interfere with neurofeedback, and neurofeedback does not make them less effective. Think of them as two different ways of supporting your brain. But if you are one of the approximately 50% of patients for whom these medications are not effective (or who experience side effects), you may find neurofeedback particularly helpful.
Is there research to support this?
There’s no published research yet on this particular kind of neurofeedback (NeurOptimal) for dementia or other types of cognitive decline, but our colleague Tanju Surmeli, a psychiatrist and researcher in Turkey, has just published a study on another form of neurofeedback for Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia. Surmeli says, “This study shows that NF treatment was effective in this group of subjects regardless of the type of dementia they had.” And finally, one of our French colleagues, Dr. Daniel Wagner, has gathered (but not published) data showing that NeurOptimal is very helpful to dementia patients, including those with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).
How long before I start seeing results?
Generally we encourage people to make a commitment to ten sessions. If NeurOptimal is going to help you, you’ll have seen evidence by then. We’ll also do some pre and post assessments, so if you’re not sure how helpful it has been, you’ll be able to compare your answers before and after neurofeedback. Sometimes the difference is profound!
Where To Find Out More
We’ve worked with many people suffering from age-related decline, whether it’s just the annoying changes that happen to everyone, or a more serious situation. It’s become one of our specialties, and something near and dear to our hearts.
If you feel a little unsure about trying neurofeedback, we completely understand! The best thing to do is give us a call at 216.410.6335 or email us on our contact page. Then we can talk through the specific questions and concerns you may have.
We know and understand the problems you’re dealing with and are here to help. There’s no pushy salesmanship from us—we genuinely care about helping people. Reach out to us and let’s start a dialogue and put together a plan that works best for you.