There are many ways to measure brain function. In our office we use a high-tech computerized test called CNS Vital Signs to assess brain speed, mental sharpness, memory, and executive function. There is also a “brain function score” that I developed for the Ten Years Younger Program that you can do on your own. Hopefully you are taking the CNS VS computerized testing yearly in our office, if not, at the least you should measure your brain function score.
How did you do on the test? Here’s how to score yourself. If you’ve answered yes to:
Some people have never been good with names, that is okay. Everyone has different strengths and weakness. However, if you are concerned about a change in your score over time, please don’t let anyone (including your doctor) say, “What do you expect for your age?” as I expect a lot, even if you are ninety.
Keep in mind that many medications worsen brain performance. As a general concept, take this test before and after starting a new medication. Cholesterol-statin medications are a good example of this problem as the FDA has posted a new warning that cholesterol lowering medications used to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease can cause memory loss and cognitive dysfunction.
For tips to enhance your brain performance, please read my blog How to Slow or Reverse Memory Loss or Cognitive Decline.