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The Aging Brain

Do you struggle with the symptoms of memory loss?

If you are beginning to notice the signs of brain fog, forgetfulness, declining cognitive function, mixing up your words, asking the same questions repeatedly or taking longer to perform normal tasks, these are all signs and symptoms of memory loss. These are early warning signs of abnormal brainwave function that are often associated with the inability to process information optimally. If left untreated, this can lead to dementia.

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, inability to communicate with other properly, social isolation, and a general loss of independence.

Regardless of whether you are 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 is necessary for you to use your memory, concentration, information processing and decision-making abilities.

As we age, many of us may experience gradual and sometimes rapid cognitive functioning deterioration (aging brain) and impairment. We may start to forget things that we would always remember in the past, it may take us longer to think and process through a problem, we may sometimes feel “foggy” and not sure of what to do, and worse. As we start to experience some of these symptoms, we may begin to feel more anxious or worried, we may become less confident in our abilities, we may get stressed and irritable faster, we may be less mobile, we may tire faster, we may feel depressed and isolated, and so on.

Even when brain changes or deterioration occurred due to aging, it does not mean that it is a one-way downhill slide. The 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.

Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to create new neural pathways. This puts you in the driver’s seat of reclaiming and optimizing your health. Your brain is not hard-wired, it is not limited or fixed in its abilities to heal.

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Stimulant-Free Treatment Programs Offered at Zone Health & Performance Psychology

We offer the following treatment therapies to address and manage the symptoms of ADHD to improve attention, learning, and emotional self-regulation.

 

Counselling Psychology

We offer individual therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults who are experiencing a range of concerns.

Audio-Visual Entrainment Therapy

Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) is a drug-free, non-invasive solution to treat anxiety, clinical depression, panic attacks, PTSD, or other mental health conditions.

Cognitive Perceptual Therapy

Zone Health & Performance Psychology has partnered up with some of the leading North American Cognitive-Perceptual companies to provide a variety of cutting-edge technologies that not only train the eyes, but the brain as well.

Neurofeedback Therapy

The theory of neurofeedback is based on a simple concept – When you have information on what your brainwaves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works. Neurofeedback is also known as EEG Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is guided exercise for the brain.

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Zone Health & Performance Psychology offers direct billing. Your therapeutic treatments may be covered by your health insurance plan or employee health benefits. Contact us or your health insurance provider about coverage.

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What To Expect With Our Program

A comprehensive intake and qEEG Brain Map Assessment

This process allows us to read the frequency of areas across the brain. Much like a weather map that shows high and low temperatures, this map will show brain frequency and which areas may be over or under signaling that may be contributing to symptoms within the body.

Based on your unique brain map results, we will let you know what we have found and if we can help. If a brain frequency imbalance is detected, we will advise what specific neurofeedback protocols can help to improve your health. When the imbalance is detected and neurofeedback is performed, brainwave frequencies are optimized for improved function, health and wellbeing.

 

Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is a guided exercise for the brain that is shown to help normalize brainwaves. It is a learning modality designed to retrain abnormal brainwave patterns using a system of audio and visual feedback. Neurofeedback is safe, long-lasting and has no side effects. This type of therapy can help shift the way the brain produces and distributes electrical energy. There are five divisions of electrical impulses made by your brain: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma. These specific brainwaves are called “Frequency Bands”.

 

Frequency Bands and Daily Life

During normal daily activities such as balancing our check books or following directions in class, certain areas of our brain will need to be active and using the faster frequency brainwaves called Beta. On the other hand, if after a long day we wish to relax and wind down, a different part of the brain will need to be activated using the slower brainwave frequency called Alpha. The goal of Neurofeedback is to improve the brain’s ability to self-regulate, maintain flexibility, and smoothly shift between states of relaxation and arousal. Since the Brain also controls Attention Regulation, Emotional Regulation and Affect Regulation, this ultimately allows the entire Central Nervous System to resume normal functioning.

 

Core Cognitive skills can be developed, maintained, and strengthen with advanced cutting-edge technologies offered at Zone Health & Performance Psychology, such as:

  • Sustained, Selective and Divided Attention.
  • Response Inhibition.
  • Speed of Information Processing (Visual and Auditory).
  • Cognitive Flexibility and Control.
  • Working, Recognition, Episodic, Short-Term, and Long-Term Memory.
  • Category Formation.
  • Pattern Recognition.
  • Executive Functioning (organizing, planning, and prioritizing).
  • Mobility and Psychomotor speed.
  • Logic and Reasoning.

 

We will help you to improve your cognitive capacities, and other functional abilities needed to regain a 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 will also support you in dealing with the psychological effects of your cognitive functioning deterioration and impairment. Ultimately, it is 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 everyone throughout the ages.

Neurofeedback Training Sessions

Clients are connected to a computer using wires and sensors, thereby allowing the computer to monitor the brainwave activity. The software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and feeds that information back to the client in real time. The feedback provided back to the client can be in the form of a game, movie, or sound which signals to the client that their brainwaves are becoming more regulated. The client’s own brainwaves actually control the game, movie or sound activity, and the observation of this dynamic helps the brain learn how to improve its own regulation.
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Why is Neurofeedback Therapy so Effective?

This type of treatment takes advantage of the brain’s ability to change itself through a process called as Neuroplasticity. It utilizes the same learning process that occurs whenever we acquire a new skill. The brain learns by forming connections between nerve cells and utilizing important pathways that connect different locations in the brain. The more frequently you utilize these pathways the better the brain becomes at performing the associated task. In the field of psychology, this type of learning is known as “Operant Conditioning”. It is a type of learning in which responses come to be controlled by their consequences. Quite simply, this therapy offers the perfect learning conditions, because it facilitates awareness of when the brain is producing healthier brainwave patterns, provides reinforcement for the positive change and multiple opportunities to provide practice during a training session.

Results from neurofeedback training are seen gradually, over time. Initial progress can be seen within 15-20 sessions for most conditions. A typical treatment program consists of between 40 and 60 sessions depending upon the severity of the brain map and conditions being addressed.

The number of sessions may vary depending on the clients’ individual needs.

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Audio-Visual Entrainment Therapy (AVE)

This is a type of therapy that utilizes pulses of light and sound at specific frequencies to gently and safely guide the brain into various brain wave patterns. By altering your brain wave frequencies, you have the ability to boost your mood, improve sleep patterns, sharpen your mind and increase your level of relaxation, all with the simple push of a button! AVE also increases brain health by increasing cerebral blood flow and stimulating beneficial neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and endorphins. Zone Health & Performance Psychology in partnership with MindAlive Edmonton provides our older clients with portable hand-held AVE devices that can be utilized at the convenience of their home to provide a cutting-edge, non-invasive, drug-free approach to achieve peak mental performance. Cognitive decline and dementia in aging adults is an ever-growing problem, not only because the numbers of older adults are expanding, but longer life increases the likelihood of loss of memory and decline in cognitive performance.

Counselling/Therapy

The counselling/therapy sessions offered at Zone will be customized to your needs. This can include support in stress management, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and much more. Different psychological and therapeutic approaches in counselling (e.g., individual, couple, or family) will be utilized to achieve client success and help work through the aging process and factors related to aging.

Zone Health & Performance Psychology can provide extensive multi-dimensional testing, results, interpretation, and recommendations tailored to the specific needs of each client. In addition to providing counselling services for the individual clients dealing with memory loss issues, we can also provide counselling services for their caregivers. As a caregiver of someone with an aging brain, we know that it can be difficult to not only care for your loved one but to care for yourself as well. We have many resources available to assist you to be the best caregiver you can be while also taking care of yourself.

SOME OF THE ISSUES AND SYMPTOMS THAT CAN OCCUR AS A RESULT OF FAMILY CAREGIVER STRESS INCLUDE:

  • Feeling persistently tired and overwhelmed
  • Snapping at other loved ones for no reason
  • Unmanageable stress
  • Feelings of isolation, like you are the only one who cares
  • Having negative thoughts about the people in your care

 

HOW WE CAN HELP

We offer counselling and coaching to help you develop:

  • The mental resiliency and skills to deal with the stress, worry, anxiety, sense of isolation or helplessness, negative thoughts, fatigue, and/or sense of being overwhelmed that you may experience in your efforts to support and/or care for your loved one.
  • The applications knowledge and skills to facilitate exercises with your loved one that can help to improve their cognitive functioning.

 

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT?

The intended outcome of this program is to combat the effects that aging has on the brain by tailoring each package based on the initial assessment. You will see improvement in cognitive skills such as attention and focus, working memory, processing speed, decision making, reaction time, peripheral vision, and problem solving.

As the brain begins to age it is important to stay confident in your capabilities in tasks such as driving, shopping, house chores, navigating large crowds – and we want to help you by making it easier to complete these daily tasks.

 

CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION

For this program to be most effective you must be willing to commit to an active treatment program including multiple weekly appointments and adhering to specific lifestyle requirements such as a balanced diet, physical activity, and limited screen time.

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Quantitative Electroencephalography

We start by using advanced qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) technology that precisely measures your unique brainwave activity. It is performed to investigate brain wave patterns associated with concentration and attention.

The assessment usually takes between 3-4 hours and consists of:

  1. Interview and history. Review of previous assessments if any.
  2. A series of questionnaires and behavior checklists.
  3. Cognitive Performance/Perceptual Assessments.
  4. Psycho-Educational/Executive Assessments.
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Cognitive Assessments With Cambridge Brain Sciences

Zone Health & Performance Psychology is proud to partner with Cambridge Brain Sciences. They are a leading provider of cognitive assessment tools for clinicians and medical practices, providing scientifically-validated cognitive tasks that produce objective measures across multiple cognitive domains.

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Cognitive Assessments

A series of Cognitive Performance tests that provide objective and quantifiable measures of:

  1. Attention: Visual and Auditory, selective attention, vigilance, memory and verbal working memory.
  2. Executive Functioning: Figural Fluency, interference, cognitive flexibility, response inhibition and task switching.
  3. Visual Information Processing and Mental Processing Speed.
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John Stevenson is one of the most passionate and dedicated professionals I’ve ever met. He provided me with a new perspective and insight with regards to chronic pain and anxiety. He has a genuine desire to help others realize their maximum potential. I would highly recommend John and his team of professional staff to anyone.

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I would highly recommend everyone at Zone. They are absolutely amazing and caring. They customize a plan to fit you individually, follow up on progress and keep you posted consistently. This is hands down the best place for neurofeedback ! Very happy with the results and I appreciate every single employee at Zone, including John who provides excellent patient care.

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I want to share my experiences at Zone Health & Performance wIth John Stevenson. I had a stroke and my speech was irreversible damaged so I had to remap my brain for my speech again. I worked with John and his staff diligently 3X a week for over a year! It was hard work but it also was fun.My speech has improved so much that when I meet someone that don’t know that after my stroke I couldn’t even put a sentence together! I would highly recommend Zone Health & Performance it…improved my life!

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One of the things that makes us unique at Zone Health & Performance Psychology is that we combine these types of Talk Therapies with Neurofeedback/Biofeedback to optimize the nervous system. Our clients learn a variety of Mindfulness-based/Biofeedback tools and strategies to stabilize their mind while simultaneously optimizing their internal physiology and overall health. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Zone Health and Performance will provide permanent and natural alternative solutions for those who are seeking non-pharmaceutical options to their health and well-being.