Identifying, Defining and Validating Brain Health Measures
Sensitive measures of the multidimensional aspects of brain health are rapidly emerging but until now had not been standardized. It is critical to establish widely accepted “brain health vitals” to measure and track the healthy brain – similar to heart health, for which we measure blood pressure, resting heart rate and cholesterol.
Our research is focused on exploring the components of brain health, how they relate to each other across domains, and how to track change and improvement through a set of quantifiable and predictive measures.
The BrainHealth® Index (BHI), which is based on a multidimensional definition of brain health and its upward potential, is a composite derived from a series of best-in-class assessments that explore multiple aspects of an individual’s cognitive capacity, as well as their sense of well-being, quality of social interactions and complexity of daily routines. The result is a personalized score that becomes an individual’s baseline, and that in theory has no upper limit. The BrainHealth Index was developed to deliver a comprehensive snapshot of brain health and performance levels at an individual level, and provides the ability to make meaningful, measurable improvements that can translate into greater quality of life no matter the starting point.
A New Metric for This Century
The BrainHealth® Index (BHI) is based on a multidimensional definition of brain health and its upward potential. It is a composite derived from a series of best-in-class assessments that explore multiple aspects of an individual’s cognitive capacity, as well as their sense of well-being, quality of social interactions and complexity of daily routines.
Unlike physical health, a standardized definition or measure of brain health has not existed until now. Yet brain health plays a core role in human progress.
The BrainHealth Index introduces an actionable, holistic metric revealing brain fitness at an individual level. It eliminates the traditional distinctions of cognition, emotion, social and other functions based on a new understanding of the brain's cross-domain functionality. CLARITY Readiness to reason through complex situations, find optimism in crisis, prioritize rest, and create new opportunities/solutions. FORTITUDE Ability to remain emotionally balanced in the face of difficult situations, to handle adversity, and to find moments of joy.
RESILIENCE Capacity to connect with social support system and find purpose in daily life.