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WEBINAR – Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Watch this free webinar for an overview of dementia & Alzheimer’s, including understanding cognitive decline and prevention tactics to reduce your risk.

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The importance of baseline cognitive assessments

At Copeman Healthcare we pay special attention to your brain health. The baseline cognitive assessment is usually the starting point for any further consultations and is recommended for all clients who wish to be vigilant about their cognitive health.

How marijuana affects a developing brain

With legalization on the horizon in Canada, it’s never been more important to educate adolescents that natural and legal do not mean healthy or safe

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WEBINAR – Adolescent Brain Development & Mental Health

In this free online webinar presented by Amra Dizdarevic, Family Health Nurse Practitioner, you will learn about brain development by incorporating strategies for mitigation and prevention of mental health issues.

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Let’s Talk About It: The Stigmatization of Mental Illness

The stigmatization of mental health issues in our society makes coping with mental illness much more difficult. The solution? Let’s talk about it.

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Mindfulness exercises to reboot your brain

It is important to practice mindfulness on a daily basis, but sometimes it can be hard to get into the right mindset to… well, reset! Use these 2 and 8 minute guided mindfulness moment exercises to help reboot your brain and make the most out of your day.

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WEBINAR – Concussion Prevention for Children

In this webinar, we will walk you through a generalized overview of how to recognize concussion symptoms, some common myths about them, and how to help your children stay as safe as possible this coming back-to-school season.

Cathryn Carruthers Calgary Mother gets the healthcare she needs

Calgary mother finally overcomes long-term health challenges

Having a private health team on their side has transformed Cathryn Carruthers and her family. Not only did Copeman Healthcare Centre pursue her “mother’s instinct” about her daughter’s hip dysplasia, it also supported Carruthers through her own series of health challenges.

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CKNW’s Lynda Steele interviews Copeman team on pressing health topics

CKNW’s Lynda Steele spoke with Copeman’s clinical team about the latest on fertility, menopause, weight loss, brain health, men’s health, hormone replacement therapy and travel health.

5 tips for brain-healthy kids

5 tips for brain-healthy kids

As a parent, you do everything you can to keep your kids healthy. But are you doing everything to maximize their brain health?

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The effects of motivational self-talk during exercise

The effects of motivational self-talk during exercise

In a recent study published by Copeman Kineseologist & Exercise Physiologist, Phil Wallace, in ACSM’s Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, it was proven that motivational self-talk has the ability to increase endurance capacity by up to 29% while exercising. Goal of the study The purpose of the study was to determine a way to […]

An evidence-based checklist to assess neuropsychological outcomes of epilepsy surgery: How good is the evidence?

An evidence-based checklist to assess neuropsychological outcomes of epilepsy surgery: How good is the evidence?

This study, by M. Hrabok, J. Dykeman, Elisabeth M.S. Sherman and S. Wiebe, was published in the Journal of Epilepsy & Behavior in December 2013. Objective The purpose of this study was to determine psychological function in patients who underwent epilepsy surgery. To efficiently assess these patients, researchers created an evidence-based checklist. Method The checklist […]

Comparing Canadian and American Normative Scores on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

Comparing Canadian and American Normative Scores on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

This study, by Allyson Harrison, Irene Armstrong, Laura Harrison, Rael Lange and Grant Iverson, was published in the Oxford Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology. Context Psychologists practicing in Canada must decide to use either Canadian or American normative data to use for the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV), which is an assessment that helps measure […]

Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology

Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology

The Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology was published in January 2012 and is a wide-ranging resource on the practice and process of civil forensic neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents. It was written by Copeman Healthcare’s Director of Brain and Psychological Health, Dr. Elisabeth Sherman in collaboration with Dr. Brian Brooks. The Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology  provides a comprehensive source for neuropsychologists who […]

Concurrent Validity of CNS Vital Signs in Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Concurrent Validity of CNS Vital Signs in Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Objective This study examined if computerized cognitive testing is as effective in assessing people with mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) as traditional assessments. Computerized testing is more time and cost efficient, but the validity of this type of assessment needs further study. Participants There were fifty patients who were recruited from the Emergency Department of […]

Comparing Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Trauma Controls on CNS Vital Signs

Comparing Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Trauma Controls on CNS Vital Signs

This research was presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference in Vancouver, BC in October 2012. Objective To study the effectiveness of the CNS Vital Signs (CNS-VS) in measuring cognitive function in patients with mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) compared to more traditional forms of measurement. Participants & Setting There were 50 participants […]

Evaluation of Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy

Evaluation of Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy

This research set out to determine if appropriate assessments in psychological and cognitive brain function weaknesses in children and adolescents with epilepsy may help to plan and track medical treatment and educational planning. Context Children with epilepsy have a range of cognitive ability, but tend to have more difficulty than healthy children.  A diffusion tensor […]

Breakthrough in cognitive testing at Copeman Healthcare

Breakthrough in cognitive testing at Copeman Healthcare

Last year, Dr. Shawnda Lanting completed her two year fellowship with Copeman Healthcare Centre. As part of her fellowship, she researched streamlined testing for mental illness and cognitive impairment. She determined that testing could be reduced from 2 days to 30 minutes or less with the results being equal to the longer tests; a significant […]

Study: PROMIS Applied Cognition-Abilities scales demonstrates robust statistical properties in first Canadian analysis

Study: PROMIS Applied Cognition-Abilities scales demonstrates robust statistical properties in first Canadian analysis

This study and subsequent article, completed by Boaz Y. Saffer, Dr. Shawnda Lanting, Dr. Michael Koehle and Dr. Grant Iverson, will appear in the Journal of Psychiatry Research. Context Having brief, standardized, reliable, and valid questionnaires that assess cognitive impairment is important for both psychiatric and general medical practice. To date, few questionnaires have successfully met these […]

Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

Research By: Elisabeth M.S. Sherman, Shawnda Lanting, Shauna Thompson, Holly Kennedy-Symonds, Rick Tiedemann, Chris Nedelmann, & Don Copeman. Presented at: Accelerating Primary Care Conference 2014 in West Edmonton Background Family physicians are the first point of care for patients concerned about brain health and psychological health Prevention and early identification helps improve brain health and psychological health The family physician therefore has […]