Welcome to the Center for Brain Health at NorthShore Neurological Institute. Our Center exists to reduce the risk for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other brain disorders, and to improve brain health.

Preventative Care | Our Services | Team Approach

Preventative Care

Brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s can have a devastating impact on the afflicted, their families and friends, and on society as a whole. 

But there’s new hope for delaying – even preventing – diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

The Center for Brain Health at NorthShore Neurological Institute empowers you with prevention strategies, so you can keep your brain healthy as long as possible. Our mission is to preserve and improve brain health by preventing neurodegenerative diseases.

In the fight against Alzheimer’s, the sooner in adulthood you start a brain health plan of action, the better your chances to prevent the disease. The same may hold true for Parkinson’s and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). We must act now:

  • Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior, disrupts daily living and robs people of their independence. One in five women and one in ten men will develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s in their lifetime.
  • Parkinson’s disease impacts one million Americans and results in tremors, stiff muscles, slow movement and difficulties with walking or balance.
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a progressive brain degeneration that is recognized increasingly in people who have had repeated concussions, including professional athletes and military personnel.

By proactively participating with our team of brain health experts, you will get the support you need to successfully delay – and possibly prevent – brain disorders.

Dr. Patel with patient

Our Services

Center for Brain Health therapies to slow brain aging and to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other aging brain disorders include medical, physical, cognitive, dietary and integrative approaches. Behavioral and other specialists assist with possible lifestyle adjustments such as appropriate diet, mental and physical exercise, and sleep habits. The Center employs the latest digital health technologies and lifestyle coaching to preserve brain health over your lifetime.

On your first visit, NorthShore Neurological Institute specialists will evaluate your brain’s health and risk factors. Our team might recommend blood and lab tests, brain imaging, and neuropsychological testing. As a unique picture of your brain comes into focus, we will develop your brain health plan to reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases. Some recommendations might include:

  • advanced nutrition counseling
  • mental exercise plans
  • physical fitness counseling
  • genetic counseling
  • lifestyle coaching

Annual brain health check-ups monitor your risks over time and the effectiveness of your efforts to prevent Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Our specialists make adjustments to ensure the best odds for your lifelong brain health.

Digital health advancements assist in the success of your plan. NorthShore’s award-winning electronic medical record system enables our team of experts to provide seamless and collaborative care. Personal digital assistant devices, smart apps and tracking tools help you stay connected to your brain health plan and to our specialists.

If you are at increased risk, you may be eligible to participate in research studies, including clinical trials using experimental therapeutics.

Dr. Maraganore

Team Approach

Demetrius M. Maraganore, MD, Ruth Cain Ruggles Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Medical Director of NorthShore Neurological Institute, leads a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to empowering you with evidence-based, leading edge and comprehensive approaches to determine your risk and help you prevent brain disorders. 

At the center for Brain Health, our specialists work together to make brain health plan recommendations for individuals. These specialists include:

  • Neurologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Brain imaging specialists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Laboratory physicians and scientists
  • Physical and cognitive therapists
  • Researchers 
  • Dieticians
  • Social workers
  • Lifestyle coaches
Dr. Chad Yucus