Why Brain Therapy and Care is important
Ageing & Brain therapy and care are often needed when life has been compromised by issues affecting the brain. Conditions that impact brain functioning likely impact your memory and/ or thinking ability (i.e., cognition). Such conditions include:
- brain injury (e.g., concussion, anoxia, chemotherapy, brain tumour, brain surgery, meningitis, encephalitis)
- Injury/ Disease (e.g., long Covid)
- ageing (e.g., dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, depression, major surgery)
The consequence can be a host of everyday life problems that most likely impact your mental health, thereby decreasing your quality of life. Naturally, having experienced an injury or ageing issues will have an impact on your emotional well-being.
Brain Injury Therapy and Quality of Life
Of course, there are many reasons why a person’s quality of life may be compromised. But health conditions such as brain injury or a medical diagnosis can impact a person’s quality of life by decreasing the person’s level of functionality and independence. Oftentimes mental health issues will arise as a result of a brain injury such as anxiety, stress, depression, frustration, or irritability.
To improve the quality of life following brain injury or a medical diagnosis and provide therapy and care, the roots of these mental health issues must be considered and treated.
For example, dealing with the complex cognitive demands of everyday life (e.g. getting oriented in an unfamiliar environment; finding products in a busy grocery store; remembering appointments) can lead to frustration, irritation, increased stress, and with it, anxiety, depression, and/ or sudden mood swings, and social isolation. These mental and emotional issues often are by-products of the cognitive issues experienced following a brain insult or memory issues associated with dementia. More importantly, these issues are more difficult to deal with when the person and family often don’t know how to address the cognitive issues successfully and cope with the emotional consequences.
Heike’s Approach to Brain Therapy and Ageing Care
To provide ageing & brain therapy and care to improve your quality of life, Heike Dumke (Ph.D. cand, RCC) utilizes a biopsychosocial approach to tailor treatment to an individual client’s needs (client-centred approach). She provides solution-oriented therapy and non-judgmental support. In Heike’s safe and compassionate environment, clients can learn about the connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours as well as about cognitive functioning and its importance to daily life. Importantly, Heike is specialized in cognitive rehabilitation to support clients if their cognitive functioning (e.g., memory difficulties, difficulties with organizing and planning, or decision-making) has been compromised due to ageing or brain injury. Heike’s goal is to support and guide clients on their journey to regain their footing in life to improve their emotional well-being and quality of life.