Neurofeedback for Older Adults

What changes occur normally over time as the brain ages?

As the human body ages, the brain ages with it. Just as body systems can become less efficient and less youthful in appearance (for example, circulation and skin), the brain can be negatively affected by aging.

How does an aging aging affect the older adult?

  1. Delayed reaction times - reaction delay is especially important for driving, where split-second decisions can mean life or death

  2. Poorer sleep - trouble falling asleep and interrupted sleep can negatively affect the brain and the entire day's activities

  3. Memory troubles - deficits in memory affect performance in daily tasks and at a job as well as putting strains on both new and long term relationships

  4. Depression and anxiety problems - a tendency towards depression and anxiety is a normal OCCURRENCE, and can often be caused by any of the problems listed above.

 

For more information, see: EEG-Neurofeedback for Optimising Performance: A Review of Cognitive and Affective Outcome in Healthy Participants

 

What changes specifically in EEG recordings in older adults?

Older adults experience a decline in posterior and mid parietal alpha generation as low beta rises to compensate.
For more information, see: Age-Associated Modulations of Cerebral Oscillatory Patterns Related to Attention Control

There is also a decline in resting theta, leading to poorer verbal recall, attention, and executive function. Higher resting theta associated with healthier brain aging.
For more information, see: Resting EEG Theta Power Correlates with Cognitive Performance in Healthy Older Adults

How can Alternatives Brain Institute help?

We've developed several specific non-invasive, non-painful neurofeedback protocols to help with delayed reaction times, poorer sleep, memory troubles, depression and anxiety!


Contact us to see how we can help transform your sleep experience so you can be better rested and perform at your best!