My name is Nort Beckerman. I’m the author of this site, which is one of the many things I do to promote the concept of brain health, or more accurately, cognitive health.
I started studying the brain in 2002-2003 when I was told that my memory and speaking problems, both cognitive issues, were incurable. It took time and persistence, but I not only cured my cognitive problems I expanded my cognitive abilities.
As it turned out, my timing couldn’t have been better. It had been recognized in the late 1990’s, let’s say 1998, that we CAN continue to generate experience-dependent brain cells throughout life. Then, somewhere in the 2003 – 2004 time period it was concluded that brain plasticity, referred to as neuroplasticity, also continued throughout life whether we liked it or not.
During my studies it became clear to me that people of all ages should be concerned with “Brain Health”, that aging by itself does not cause cognitive decline, that the human brain is resilient, and that life style is critical to maintaining a healthy, effectively functioning brain. I felt that message needed to get out.
I continue to study the functioning of the brain, and it’s a good thing I do. Since I first began to study the brain and brain function, a myriad of new studies have been published. Some long term, some short term, but it’s clear that our concept of the brain, cognitive development, cognitive decline and life style are all tied together.
It’s also clear that the way we perceive our brain and it’s impact on who we are and what we can do at all ages, has changed radically. We didn’t know a lot of this before. Well, now we know, and you should know as well. That’s what this website is all about.
In addition to this website, I’m the author of “A User’s Guide to a Healthy Brain”, I teach class on regaining and retaining a healthy brain. give talks, write articles, put on presentations and workshops. I recently gave a TEDx presentation on “The Resilient Brain and Me” and I was the Brain Health Coach on local, cable TV.
I am available for speaking, workshops and article writing. If you would like to contact me I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org