Suggest a Cognitive Therapy Assessment with an Occupational Therapist!
I just did it today. It took over an hour. I start the therapy to try to regain some working memory in April! Much of it can be done from home (online through a portal), but I can arrange in person or zoom help with my OT. My cost for access to the portal will be $150 a month, and I should not expect to see improvement until about 6 months in. I should expect to do 1.5-3 hours of work a week: the more time spent, the better the outcomes.
not only can this potentially help me (or your friend) it can also measure declines (which would be bad).
Feel free to reach out to me on it if interested in learning how it goes! I am gaining access and learning how to use the portal April 4th.
Tests we did were varied, things like: she would say a short string of numbers and then I would repeat back. And then she would say a string of numbers (up to 5) and then I would repeat backwards. Or she lay cards on the table (slowly) and I would have to repeat back the second last card continuously, and then the third last card. Also things involving beeps (counting beeps…I used my fingers, but then they would through in a different tone, and you only were supposed to count the deeper beep…it was hard). A few more that are harder to explain.
Also…my neurologist says: eat lots of protein, and be active!
As this has been a progressive thing for me, I have a lot of coping mechanisms already. I recognize I can be impulsive, so I never save my credit card number (so I have to get up and get it if I want to online shop, it makes me thing about it more), I have specific places for important things, I leave buffers of time for quiet time between activities, I stick to some specific routines, and I say things out lout to help me keep things in my head. I also use my only calendar for EVERYTHING! Track not only what is planned, but also things that happened.
I could go on and on.
The Concussion Legacy program has some information. It is sad/scary.