The SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center in Lexington, MA provides fitness, cognitive and social programs focused on improving the physical and mental health of individuals with brain injury. The physical fitness center includes specialized training tailored to each individual. The cognitive and social programs include community engagement and enrichment activities. These programs are unique and proven effective to an improved life, yet none are covered by traditional insurance.
Regular physical activity helps improve balance and coordination, reduces reliance on assistive devices, and enhances abilities to do everyday activities. Individuals who exercise following a brain injury are typically less depressed and report better quality of life than those who do not.
The SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center provides physical fitness programs to address the unique needs of participants. Certified fitness trainers oversee these programs with assistance from interns and volunteers.
Keeping the brain fit is essential to mental and emotional well-being.
Similar to exercise for the body to strengthen muscles, exercising the brain improves mental functions by learning new skills. Brain fitness comprises a variety of mental and cognitive skills, and can result in improved short-term memory, concentration, word power, perception skills, and related executive functions.
Social fitness is an evolving therapeutic approach.
Social fitness demonstrates how individuals can gain social, emotional, and cognitive skills in a manner similar to physical abilities. In other words, social fitness, like physical fitness, is a state of behavioral, emotional, and mental conditioning that includes adaptive social functioning and a sense of well-being.
The SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center designs and refines social fitness programs to help adults with the residual effects of brain injury and other neurological challenges live in the community. Participants may learn how to use public transportation, get and keep a job, participate in available home and community-based leisure and recreation opportunities, and develop home and community life skills.
Social fitness programs, which we often couple with physical and/or cognitive fitness programs, help survivors of brain injury achieve the greatest level of independence and quality of life possible at each stage of their recovery.
Read more about a recent Wellness Center research project, which focused on the transitional life experiences of brain injury survivors.