Renewal of Aging Brain Program
Studies indicate that for the elderly population, physical and cognitive dysfunction are two of the most feared conditions because they can lead to physical dependency, an inability to communicate with others, social isolation, and a general loss of independence. As we age, many of us may experience gradual and sometimes rapid aging brain.
Regardless of whether you’re trying to learn a new skill or hobby, go shopping, drive on the road, interact with your children and grandchildren, plan and cook dinner, pay your bills, manage your medications, or manage any other daily activities and relationships, it’s necessary for you to use your memory, concentration, information processing and decision-making abilities. You may be forgetting things that you easily remembered in the past, take longer to process and think through a problem, or may be feeling “foggy” or confused. Your ability to work, communicate or maintain relationships may be affected, or possibly your capability of carrying out daily tasks that were once routine. Perhaps you have had to rely on others to help you get through the day.
If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, you may begin to feel more anxious or worried, feel less confident in your abilities, get stressed and irritable faster, be less mobile, tire faster, feel depressed, isolated etc. You may want to participate in our Renewal of Aging Brain program.
Even when brain changes or deterioration occurs due to aging, it does not mean that it is a one-way downhill slide. There is significant research data  to indicate that brain plasticity and cognitive functioning of an aging person can be improved and optimized with proper cognitive stimulation, exercises, and task-training, and that doing so can induce lifelong brain plasticity. (Brain plasticity – also called neuroplasticity or neural plasticity – is the ability of the brain to basically re-wire itself in response to damage or impairment by building new pathways between neurons to compensate for lost functions).
At Insight Effectus, we will help you to improve your memory, reasoning, brain processing speed and efficiency, and other functional abilities needed to regain the degree of your mental functioning abilities that might have eroded as well as to slow-down the deterioration that you may be experiencing. At the same time, we’ll also support you in dealing with the psychological effects of your cognitive functioning deterioration and impairment. Ultimately, it’s critical to preserve your cognitive functioning and psychological wellness as they are among the most essential elements in maintaining a healthy, active, and independent lifestyle for an older person.
What to expect
In this program you will receive:
- A comprehensive intake and assessment
- Cognitive-perceptual training sessions
- 5 Counselling sessions tailored to your needs. This can include support in stress management, grief, dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and much more
- Extensive multi-dimensional testing, results, interpretation, and recommendations tailored to your specific needs
- Support and maintenance
*NOTE: The number of sessions may vary depending on your needs.
The intended outcome of this program is to combat the effects that aging has on the brain by tailoring each package based on your initial assessment. You will see improvement in:
- Cognitive skills
- Processing speed
- Decision making
- Reaction time
- Peripheral vision
- Problem solving.
As your brain begins to age it’s important to stay confident in your capabilities in tasks such as driving, shopping, household chores, navigating large crowds and more. We want to help you by making it easier to complete these daily tasks.
In this program you will experience:
- Cognitive-perceptual training, designed to boost focus, memory, processing speed, and other cognitive abilities
- Different psychological and therapeutic approaches in counselling (individual, couple, or family) to achieve success and help you to work through the aging process and factors related to aging.
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is an effective, research-backed, non-invasive process in which a focused magnetic field stimulates under-active brain cells, activates them to work more efficiently and transforms lives through symptom reduction. rTMS can be particularly effective when used to treat severe depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, chronic pain, migraines, post concussion symptoms, and burnout that has not fully responded to conventional treatments (medication/therapy).
Criteria for participation
For this program to be most effective, you must be a minimum of 55 years of age to participate.
Contact Insight Psychological to learn more about this program.
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