Our team is passionate about helping people live more fulfilling lives. Any time we see or hear how our services are helping an individual, it drives us to continue investing in our education and resources to be able to provide the community with the best programs possible. When people become a part of the A Cognitive Connection family, they can have full confidence in knowing that our entire team will support them throughout their entire journey, regardless of what their unique goals may be. A couple of folks that we’ve been honored to work with are Mary and Clyde. Please learn more about their stories below.
Mary is a 68-year-old female who was referred to our brain center to improve her cognitive functioning. Her father had died from Parkinson’s disease, and had experienced several ministrokes prior to his passing. Mary was experiencing a progressive decline in cognitive function throughout the years, which was rightfully concerning her. She feared that as she aged, she would become a burden to her children. She struggled with five autoimmune disorders throughout her life, including asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, psoriatic arthritis and a gluten intolerance.
In 1999, her physical impairments led her to a bilateral knee replacement. She also suffered from a stroke, which affected her speech and exceptional memory, which she had always been proud of. After many months of physical therapy, she was able to walk again without the use of a walker, but struggled with poor balance and coordination.
She also had very low energy levels and little to no stamina. Mary found it extremely frustrating that she not only had declining memory, but her organizational skills had also declined. She suddenly found it hard to problem solve, reason, decipher and multitask. Mary had to step away from her work as a respiratory therapist because even the simplest tasks were too difficult for her to complete. She attempted to work with her niece in real estate, but found that the only thing she was able to do efficiently was show houses. Sadly, her commitment to real estate was also compromised due to her pain and fatigue levels.
When a family member of Mary’s encouraged her to try the brain training program, she had many doubts and was afraid it wouldn’t work. In December of 2012, she made a commitment to start an at-home program that took place one day a week. She started off with very low baseline scores (brain speed of 875) and her short-term memory was poor. She couldn’t recall what she had shared with her counselor in previous sessions, showed an impaired motor connection and seemed to be in a mild depressive state. Mary also had an extreme hypersensitivity to sound. In order to help Mary with her unique needs, her program involved tasks that worked on visual and auditory processing, memory, visual focus, attention and impulsive skills. Treatment also included rhythm training to improve psycho-motor neural connections, and music therapy to enhance auditory processing, regulate mood and activate areas of the brain through neural-plasticity.
After three months of home-based therapy, Mary started coming to our clinic. She enjoyed getting out of her house, and having the scheduled appointment to keep her accountable and force her to get ready for the day. She stated that she liked the challenge of therapy, and she began to compete with herself to see what she could improve upon the next visit. She started enjoying brain games like Sudoku, online puzzle games and jigsaw puzzles. Mary also enjoyed the visual focus response games and activities on our clinic computers. She found herself practicing her rhythm tasks when she had downtime, and could see her scores steadily improving, as well as her self-confidence. Her sense of humor and her faith in God helped her through tough days.
After eight months of consistent brain training with her counselor, her brain speed scores shot up to 1700, and her reaction times averaged from 30-40 MS compared to 80-90 MS pretreatment. Her physical mobility had improved to a point where she walked as if she never had any knee problems. She now has a full range of mobility, and her balance and coordination have improved dramatically.
Mary is pleased with her progress, and even runs a business from home. She is more involved in church, and is able to travel and spend more time with her family. Everybody around her has seen her evolve as well. They don’t notice problems with her memory, and her chiropractor has seen a big difference in her cognitive function, balance and overall well-being. Mary knows that in order to age gracefully, people need to be diligent with both their physical fitness and brain fitness.
“From Wheelchair To Walking”
Disclaimer: This patient was seen at our previous center, Carmel Brain Center, which is no longer in business. Permission has been granted to utilize this video testimonial as the counselors and treatments are still being used within our new organization.
Whether you’re seeking help for yourself or for a loved one, A Cognitive Connection is here to provide unconditional support throughout the entire journey. We believe in our methods and services, and we’re passionate about helping people live a more rewarding and fulfilling life. If you’d like to learn more about our services or are ready to become a part of the A Cognitive Connection family, please contact us today!