Good stress, or eustress, is usually short-term stress that inspires and motivates you, focuses your energy and enhances performance. Bad stress is the kind that wears you out, leaves you jittery and is harmful to your health. There’s a way to work with stress so that it can be optimized for better brain health. In this talk, Dr. Rusk will outline her 6 Pillars of Brain Health and focus upon stress management as an Alzheimer’s prevention strategy. She will use Queen Elizabeth II as an example.
Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk is Director of the Healthy Brain Program in Colorado and is coordinator of the rehabilitation and trauma treatment programs. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham in England and has authored numerous papers in the areas of psychology, neuropharmacology and neuroscience in areas as diverse as cerebral palsy in children, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and the effects of neurotransmitters on behavior. She trained with Dr. Dale Bredesen and the Institute for Functional Medicine in using an integrative approach to working with cognitive decline and dementia prevention. Dr. Rusk thinks this way when she sees her patients. Creating flexibility in the nervous system and incorporating trauma healing strategies form the basis of her resiliency approach to cognitive health and Alzheimer’s treatment. Dr. Rusk utilizes her expertise in her humanitarian work in countries around the world that are affected by disasters and war.