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How Healthy Is Your Brain?

Dr. Sandi Chapman on Perspectives Matter.

Perspectives Matter

Niki Nicastro McCuistion

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One in three people will most likely develop a neurological disorder in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. Over the past 25 years, research at Center for BrainHealth, part of UT Dallas, has been creating the BrainHealth Index, a science-backed measure of holistic brain health, and a collection of cognitive strategies to help build better a pathway to better brain performance. Sandi Chapman, PhD, and Audette Rackley, MS, CCC-SLP, share how today's brain health science, and 25 years of BrainHealth research, has transformed our understanding of the brain's potential with Perspectives Matter host Amanda Schnetzer. .


"Most people think of "brain health" as the absence of disease or injury, and yet nothing could be further from the truth. We define brain health as the continual promotion of optimal development of brain, cognition, well-being and connectedness. – Dr. Sandi Chapman, Founder and Chief Director
Through a variety of research studies, the center continues to seek out new ways to optimize brain health across the lifespan. Alzheimer's Discovery provides a collection of resources created with help from local families, sharing guidance for people facing age-related memory changes or dementia, including the book I Can Still Laugh and the video series Engaged in Living.


"One thing that I want families to know – everyone needs a sense of purpose, even people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's." – Audette Rackley, Assistant Director of Strength-Based Programs
Central to BrainHealth research and programs is the perspective that life will change, but ways to live a meaningful life can continue.

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

Audette Rackley, MS, CCC-SLP

Assistant Director, Strength-Based Programs Research Clinician

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