107 Brain Health And Alzheimer’s Revisited – Braun

brain health, Alzheimer's, aging, memory, excercise

Brain Health, Aging, Memory, and Alzheimer’s | New Research

Dr. Michelle Braun is a Yale and Harvard-trained board-certified neuropsychologist and brain health expert from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is passionate about empowering individuals to boost brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and has been featured on PBS, Fox TV, radio, and in print media. Dr. Braun previously served as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Mental Health at the Boston VA Hospital and Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is here to share inspiring information about how to improve memory and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by creating a High Octane Brain.

In this Episode, Dr. Braun translates new discoveries for useful tools that will help listeners reconsider ways to become more responsible for their own brain health and longevity.

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Dr. Michelle Braun

Dr. Braun’s Brain Health Activities

Dr. Braun is passionate about empowering individuals to boost brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s through the use of science-backed, motivational strategies. Her mission was sparked as a teenager when she witnessed the many challenges faced by older adults with memory problems.

Inspired to improve the brain health,  with improved care and quality of life for those with memory problems, she pursued a career as a neuropsychologist specializing in memory and cognition, geriatric psychology, motivational enhancement, and brain health. Since then, she has been honored to share her expertise with thousands of patients and their families, and on PBS, Fox TV, radio, and in print media.

Her Neuropsychological Experience: Exemplary

Dr. Braun has work to promote brain health for ten years as a clinical neuropsychologist in departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry in hospitals and academia. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, where she chairs the Practice and Public Policy Committee. She also acts as an Examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and is a previous board member of the Wisconsin Psychological Association.

Dr. Braun is a ’40 Under 40′ award winner – awarded by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2013. She was also thrilled to receive the Practitioner of the Year Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Runkel Award in Psychology from Carroll University, and the Early Career Award from the Milwaukee Area Psychological Association, among many others.


Dr. Braun Reports: Solutions Here at CBJ/107

  • At 14 years old I visited my great aunt in a nursing home [2:52]
  • Understanding deterioration in the context of increased sensory awareness [4:10]
  • The applications of sensory awareness in dementia management [6:00]
  • That sensory process of communication is so helpful with family [8:58]
  • The most exciting piece of recent research [10:26]
  • Cardiovascular exercise is the most powerful healing activity on multiple levels [15:06]
  • Cardiovascular and brain health connected [18:40]
  • Immunity and gut health as related to cognitive decline [19:58]
  • The differentiation between a psychologist and a neuropsychologist [22:22]
  • On BDNF Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and gardening [26:27]
  • On Lumosity and other brain exercises [33:29]


Website and References

  • www.DrMichelleBraun.com
  • Erickson, K. I. et al (2011). Exercise training increases the size of hippocampus and improves memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 3017-3022.
  • Morris, M.A., Tagney, C. C., Wang, Y., Sacks, F. M., Bennett D. A., Aggarwal, N. T. (2015) MIND Diet Associated with Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 11, 1007-1014.
  • Katz, M. J. (2016). Influence of Perceived Stress on Incident Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment: Results From the Einstein Aging Study. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 30, 93-98

Take Dr. Braun’s Brain Health Quiz

Supportive Remarks From CBJ

  • CBJ/019  Rethinking Dementia – Dorothy Kuhn
  • CBJ/071  Alzheimer’s Diet – Francie Healey
  • CBJ/103  Toxins and Alzheimer’s – Dr. Pizzorno
  • CBJ/025  Methylation Issues and Cognition – Dr. Walsh


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What an interesting discussion this is – and with such a profound and timely significance. Special thanks, Michelle, for your insights into the essential biomedical details to evolve our brain care strategies.


Next CoreBrain Journal Guest

108 Steven Campbell, Rohnert Park, CA – Author of Making Your Mind Magnificent – Flourishing at Any Age, Steven Campbell, MSIS [Masters of Science in Information Systems] has been exploring and teaching the discoveries of cognitive psychology in various universities and colleges for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Zoology, and a Masters in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco. Steven now conducts seminars on the discoveries cognitive psychology has made about understanding how we think …and how we can change what we think about ourselves, our relationships, and the world. Steven is also the radio host of Your Amazing Mind on KOWS in Sonoma County. Tune in to hear how he connects Stoic philosophy with modern neuroscience.


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  1. Carol Frances Klumpp on 04/13/2017 at 12:30 PM

    I really enjoyed the podcast. It was especially helpful to hear about specific people who have lots of athletic success even though they are up in years! Hopefully there will be more conversations in the future with examples of other older people who don’t let their age get in the way of their lives. It was very encouraging to hear its something you have to do.

    • Dr Charles Parker on 04/13/2017 at 12:40 PM

      Thanks, Carol, for your kind remarks! Dr. Braun is a truly remarkable woman with super information. Yes, in response to your inquiry, brain health is woven throughout many of these posts. If you search nutrition, food sensitivity, diet and exercise many more posts will pop up. Thanks!

      • Carol Frances Klumpp on 04/13/2017 at 3:53 PM

        OK sounds great and I look forward to it.

  2. Carol Frances Klumpp on 04/13/2017 at 12:18 PM

    I really enjoyed the brain discussion! The examples presented about the senior citizen athlete were very inspiring as is the idea that brain health can be worked on by any individual. I hope there will be more podcasts on brain health with more individuals added for reference and inspiration! I enjoyed the doctors version very much!

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