In recent decades “wellness” has been largely defined within the medical community as the integrated health of both body and mind. When our clinic was established in late 2005 this was a clear part of the vision, and establishing our Neuroscience Centre in late 2006 was an important step forward. We realized in the early days that helping clients prevent or lessen the risk of disease was going to require therapeutic lifestyle change in many cases. This essentially means education and action in the important areas of exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol consumption, sleep hygiene and psychological health – among others.
Just as we discovered how important that psychology and psychiatry services was going to be in this process, we learned two years ago that we were going to have to pay special attention to brain health and add neuropsychological services to our programs. Clinical neuropsychology is a sub-specialty of clinical psychology that deals with the diagnostic assessment and treatment of brain injury (stroke, trauma, disease processes and others) or deficits in important areas of cognition such as memory, processing speed, logic & reasoning and executive functioning.
The Impact of Declining Brain Health
The brain is a very special organ, and its health needs to be looked at quite separately from general physical health. Its health is assessed and improved in very unique ways that generally fall quite outside the realm of primary healthcare. Until now.
Based on strong scientific evidence, we now understand more completely how declining brain health can have a profound impact on both physical and psychological health. Moreover, we now understand how to make the brain more healthy and resilient, to the point of being able to prevent or delay the onset of debilitating dementing conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease – a disease that will become one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world over the next 20 years. That aside, we feel making the brain healthier protects our memories, thoughts, emotions, abilities, senses and many critical physiological functions – the things that really make us who we are.
Our passion and dedication to this emerging field has caused us to refine what wellness really is. We now say that wellness is a state where the health and acquired resilience of the body, mind and brain provides a person with optimal quality of life and longevity.