It all started with a song.
Hi, I’m Lindsey, owner of Maryland Center for Brain Health. When I decided to go back to school at the age of 31 to become a physical therapist assistant, I had no idea the journey I was about to embark upon and the spark that was soon going to be lit.
My first job fresh out of school was at an assisted living community that specialized in residents diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It was a challenging venue for a new graduate, and I desperately lacked many of the skills needed to properly interact and help many of the residents there. Sure, I received training in school on how to get them physically better, but what I learned while working there was how to see the residents not for what they were physically or mentally lacking, but what they still had to offer.
One of my first and favorite patients there was also one of my most challenging. A lovely gentleman who had suddenly stopped wanting to walk. It was becoming increasingly more difficult for the staff to help him, as he required more and more assistance to do even simple tasks. It was my hope that I could connect with him and get him strong enough to be able to walk again.
The challenge was, he didn’t even want to stand. Certainly, there are many seated exercises that I could have done with him, but that was not truly going to help him bear weight and transfer. After working with him for several sessions and feeling like I was getting no where, I started to do some digging. Turns out he loved Irish songs, especially Danny Boy. So I went to the computer monitor they had there in the room, which was on an adjustable platform that was able to be raised and lowered. I raised it up to an acceptable height and put on a you tube video of someone singing Danny Boy. This immediately piqued his interest as he looked around to see where it was coming from. He wanted a better look at the monitor, and the only way to do so was to stand.
Grabbing the parallel bars and placing them in front of him, I offered to assist him to stand, which he did. He stood there with me helping to support him while he sang Danny Boy over and over in a beautiful tenor voice. It was repetitive, but it worked, and over time I was able to help him increase his weight bearing and strength enough to reduce him from needing 2 people to help him transfer to only requiring 1 person giving him some moderate assistance.
This gentleman, and many others, helped start me down the path to discovering that maybe there was more we could do for those suffering from the ravages of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Years later, I would be introduced to two incredible people who have been on the cutting edge of the latest cognitive research regarding the prevention and treatment of dementia, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues including concussions and depression. Eric and Randy started our partner company, A Mind For All Seasons®, and developed The Enhance Protocol®, a phenomenal guide to helping you operate your mind at peak potential. Having trained as a memory coach under them and their insightful mentorship, I am excited to be able to offer these services on the East Coast.