The Diamond Care Inc. Cognitive Rehabilitation Program (CRP) is a comprehensive set of therapies designed to improve the cognitive and behavioral health of our clients who suffer from cognitive impairment. It includes relational and adaptive programs, vocational programs, music therapy, and psychoanalytical therapies designed to enable our clients to be independent for as long as possible.
Our cognitive rehabilitation approach paired with a program of physical exercise has been scientifically shown to improve our client’s cognitive function and their ability to balance while walking or standing. Improvements in cognition, in turn, positively influence our client’s psychosocial functions, their self-esteem, and their overall quality of life. For details on how our approach to cognitive rehabilitation improves the lives of those with cognitive impairment, see “The Effects of a Cognitive-Enhancement Group Training Programs on Daily Living Activities, Cognition, and Depression in the Demented Elderly” by MiLim Cho, DeokJu Kim, JaeYeop Chung, JuHyung Park, HeeCheon You, and YeongAe Yang,* J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Mar; 27(3): 681–684.
The pairing of a personalized physical exercise program with cognitive rehabilitation therapies has been shown to help those with cognitive impairment to be more independent. Diamond Care Inc. focuses on exercises that train procedural memory for basic functional movements (e.g., sit-to-stand) while increasing mindful body awareness and facilitating social connection. For more details on how our use of personal exercise programs allow our clients to remain independent, see “Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ): Qualitative Analysis of a Clinical Trial in Older Adults with Dementia” by Wu E, Barnes DE, Ackerman SL, Lee J, Chesney M, Mehling WE. Aging Ment Health. 2015;19(4):353-62.
Diamond Care Inc. uses structured, targeted music therapies to encourage and enable our clients to overcome depression and to recover memories. A structured, disciplined approach to music therapy has been shown to decrease depressive symptoms in elderly people more effectively than more passive uses of music, for instance, recreational group singing. For details on how our use of structured music therapy enables our clients to overcome depression, see “Effectiveness of Group Music Therapy versus Recreational Group Singing for Depressive Symptoms of Elderly Nursing Home Residents: Pragmatic Trial” by Werner J, Wosch T, Gold C. Aging Ment Health. 2015 Oct 12:1-9.
There are many ways to measure dementia severity and progression as there are many ways of detecting cognitive rehabilitation. Diamond Care Inc. can help you assess the condition of your loved one and create an effective program for cognitive improvement.