Total Health

Total Health is a comprehensive, holistic approach to meet the unique needs of people living with chronic brain injury. Total Health approaches the brain and body as integrated and inseparable, and offers complementing physical, cognitive and social fitness programs to improve abilities impacted by the injury.

For brain-injured individuals the recovery process is life-long. Total Health programs involve the ongoing management of associated conditions as well as strategies to minimize chronic and secondary concerns. 

The benefits of Total Health programs are varied, yet include improvement in many of these areas:

     Cardiovascular Strength Balance 
  Flexibility Weight Blood pressure
  Sleep Memory Communication
  Socialization Self-esteem Sense of purpose

 

Supportive Living Total Health programs are open to all brain injury survivors and available at the SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center in Lexington, MA, and other Supportive Living residential communities in Woburn, North Reading and Rockport.

The three pillars of Total Health are physical fitness, cognitive fitness and social fitness.

Physical Fitness

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.

Cognitive Fitness

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

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.