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DISCLAIMER: The following content is meant to be educational to enable individuals to make informed decisions. It is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding treatment.

Designs For Strong Monds

Memory & Cognitive Engancement

Dr. Donalee Markus's cognitive restructuring program, which she has been fine-tuning since the 70's, shifts the way individuals analyze and process information. Because the program changes the way in which you think, rather than working to address specific challenges, it has a wide range of efficacy, from helping individuals recover from TBI or stroke to helping children with ADHD, Dyslexia, or processing challenges improve their executive functioning and spatial awareness capabilities.  The program is also effective for professional development, most notably being used by NASA to enhance the creativity and problem-solving skills of Space Shuttle engineers.   


A key element of the program is the use of context-free games, both digital and paper.  The context-free component minimizes emotional engagement, enabling the brain's cognitive components to work unencumbered, which accelerates cognitive restructuring. This allows Dr. Markus's patients to see significant benefits in short time frames. 


In addition to being highlighted in Norman Doidge's book, "The Brain That  Changes Itself", you can read about the impact of Dr. Markus's therapy from a first-hand perspective in Clark Elliot's book "The  Ghost in My Brain. 

Examples of the digital and pencil / paper exercises can be found HERE.  Learn more about the program here:

Bredensen ReCODE Protocol

Alzheimer's and Dementia

The Bredesen Protocol is a therapeutic, personalized program that identifies, targets, and treats the root cause of cognitive decline and Alzhimer’s disease rather than simply masking the symptoms of the disease. The Bredesen Protocol looks at each individual as a whole system and identifies each person's individual metabolic imbalances which has led to the programmed downsizing of their cognitive function. It is a rigorous program that requires many significant lifestyle changes and takes tremendous dedication. The Protocol uses a complex therapeutic approach that involves comprehensive changes in nutrition, targeted supplementation, sleep hygiene optimization, stress management, physical exercise and brain training, and related modalities.  Learn more here:


Cognitive Exercises

Based of the research he and other Neuroplasticians have completed to date, Dr. Michael Merzenich developed a software program that helps improve cognitive performance, enhancing functions that include processing speed, memory, navigation, and attention.

Learn more about the software here:

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