Tests to determine brain fitness
At its core, BrainCare is about measuring and promoting brain fitness. In order to measure each patient’s brain wellness, BrainCare applies a battery of tests, which map patient capabilities and results across six cognitive areas:
- Thinking (also known as executive function)
- Visual spatial
- Verbal function
- Problem solving
- Working memory
What is the client’s experience like?
BrainCare testing is very user-friendly and requires little orientation. Although the testing is performed on a computer, it does not require the client to know how to use one. Testing times typically range from 45-60 minutes, depending on the patient’s age.
How exactly does BrainCare measure brain wellness?
BrainCare assesses the client’s brain wellness by precisely measuring the patient’s performance on a series of interactive tests – measuring both accuracy and response time. Test results are compared to previous data from the same patient and performance data from that of a “normative” peer group (i.e., age and education appropriate). The result is a profile of cognitive areas that are ‘strong’ and those that are relatively ‘weak’. The relatively weak areas are the ones that should be targets for exercises that can be done at home.