Meet Dr. DenBoer

Dr. John DenBoer is a Clinical Neuropsychologist specializing in dementia. He received his internship training at VA Boston Healthcare System (Boston University School of Medicine/Harvard University) and received his postdoctoral training at Barrow Neurological Institute. He has published extensively in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology and has been an expert speaker at many local, national, and international conferences.




The Link Between Alzheimer’s and Sleep

By Calli Varner | August 21, 2019

The Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference was held one month ago and new research was presented at the conference that explored the connection between sleep and dementia. The research showed that sleep deprivation could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. However, the medications you take to help you sleep could also be dangerous and linked to…

The Need of Congress to Help Fund Alzheimer’s Research

By Calli Varner | August 19, 2019

Alzheimer’s research is needed to help us find a cure for a disease that is expected to triple in the next 30 years. As of now, we have limited resources, even though Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are growing at an alarming rate. Research funding is needed to learn more about Alzheimer’s so that…

Dementia Signs to Watch Out For

By Calli Varner | August 17, 2019

Dementia is on the rise and is only expected to impact more lives in upcoming years. So, what are some signs to watch out for when it comes to yourself or a loved one? Remember, if you can catch the onset of dementia early, you can do things to mitigate it. Dementia by the Numbers…

Benefits of Attending Caregiver Support Groups

By Calli Varner | August 7, 2019

It is difficult to watch someone you care about go through dementia, especially if you are the caregiver. This can be a very overwhelming experience and you may need extra support. This is where support groups come in and can help you with the difficult task. Caregivers and Support Groups Did you know that there…

New Study Proves Cognitive Exercises and Other Lifestyle Changes Can Mitigate Dementia

By Calli Varner | July 22, 2019

We are aware that cognitive exercises mitigate the onset of dementia and a recent new study has furthered proven our research surrounding this. In addition to cognitive exercises, there are other things you can do to ward off dementia. At the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Los Angeles, they presented a new study by Rush…

New Simulator Portrays What it is Like to Live With Dementia

By Calli Varner | July 22, 2019

We recently discussed how the rise in technology has improved virtual reality, which can help those with dementia remember special times. Now, there is a simulator to help those that do not have dementia better understand what it is like to experience it. I saw the story on a news channel about this experience that…

Help Those With Dementia By Creating a Music Playlist

By Calli Varner | July 19, 2019

Music is known as a great form of therapy for those living with dementia. From listening to it, playing it and even dancing to it, surrounding yourself with music can bring on happy memories, even for those suffering with dementia. Another way to connect with a loved one who has dementia is to create a…

The Rise of Memory Cafes

By Calli Varner | July 12, 2019

There is a new trend going on around the world that is a meaningful way for those with dementia to connect with each other in a stress free setting. Memory cafes have been popping up all over the country since 2008, most recently in Buffalo, New York. These spots are a great place for those…

The Importance of Financial Planning for When You Grow Old

By Calli Varner | June 25, 2019

Even though life expectancy is increasing, dementia is growing at an alarming rate. Many people are living well into theirs 80s and 90s, with a large number suffering from dementia. It is more important than ever to financially plan ahead. When growing older, you will need to find a way to make your retirement income…

What to Do if You Start Noticing a Change in Your Memory

By Calli Varner | June 19, 2019

If you are noticing a change in your memory, it could be a difficult pill to swallow. It can be scary to think that your memory is fading and it can also impact your behavior. The best thing to do is to take the time to figure out what is going by using these tips…

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Vision Statement (personal):

My vision is to be an honest, dynamic, and authentic presence in the lives of others.  I aim to have a positive impact on my patients and a solid reputation as a thought leader within the scientific and medical communities.  My mission is to use my professional skills and God-given talents to be a light for those in darkness, while retaining and promoting personal and family wellness and growth.  I am true to myself as I change.

Mission Statement (professional):

My mission is to be a dynamic and innovative thought leader in the areas of sports psychology and neuropsychology (concussion and dementia).  I do this by offering scientifically-driven interventions aimed at improving clinical conditions and ultimately contributing to an overall progression of improvement in my clients lives. I differentiate myself through authenticity, transparency, and kindness.  I incorporate and align myself with my personal and family values in my work.

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Important note: Brain exercises may help improve mental acuity (memory, focus, concentration, and understanding), although (based on our research to date) this improvement may be temporary and may continue while utilizing SMART or any other program.The SMART program (or any other program) does not improve cognitive functioning on a long-term basis.