My client, who has both Parkinson’s and MCI, hired me for my expertise in both. Having recently completed my Brain Health Certification and learning the latest research, we put the new knowledge to use!
Using the effects of exercise and physical activity as a guide, I created a challenge for my client by manipulating variables. The key to programming for each client is to determine their most pressing issue first.
As we age, cognitive changes can include:
Attention (audible and visual cues)
Processing Speed (reaction time)
Executive Function (planning, organizing, impulse control)
When you combine a cognitive challenge with a physical challenge, the benefits are magnified far beyond those conferred from doing either one alone. Therefore, by participating in Brain Health training, you maximize both neurological and functional benefits.
Being challenged is key – but not to the point of being frustrated (conversely, we don’t want the client to be bored with the drill, either).
Above is a video of part of our session.