Written by Audita Bhattacharya
The Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation has started a Memory and Cognitive Rehabilitation Center, the first of its kind in Pune, in association with neuropsychologist Mangal Kardile. The programme will help rehabilitate people suffering from memory-related and cognitive deficits due to reasons such as epilepsy, developmental disorders, migraines, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, rare brain infections and trauma injuries.
The centre is equipped with tools including the award-winning BrainNext Tool Kit developed by Dr Mangal Kardile. The BrainNext concept has been recognised by the Indian Academy of Neurology and was recently conferred the first Neurorehabilitation Innovation of the Year Award.
“Memory and cognitive deficits arise due to various reasons and can be in forms such as scholastic difficulties, behavioural problems, forgetfulness, difficulty remembering faces and places, locations and routes, aggression, frustration, depression and apathy and lack of fluency in speech. The BrainNext Tool Kit comprises of more than 500 brain exercises, divided into 18 sets, and is designed to understand memory and cognitive impairment early. The same tools are used to correct the deficit. They are suitable for almost all age groups from 6 months and above”, said Kardile.
Kardile and her team will be at Sancheti Hospital every Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm.
“The first step in the treatment includes cognitive testing using BrainNext testing sheets provided with each set, then the individual is trained by providing suitable exercises. The exercises are given in the form of sheets made using a variety of cloth materials and 3D acrylic boards. The exercises are according to individual requirement and we take rehearsals of previous learning and training on the next steps based on individual acquiring capacity. The individual needs to do these exercises for a minimum of 2-4 hours with appropriate intervals. The rehab process may take three to five months depending on the individual, and therefore, patience is key,” Kardile added.
The toolkit can be used by any non-clinical person, caregiver or hospital staff, and is affordable, safe, durable and easy to use. Special tools have been developed for visually-impaired patients by focusing on other cognitive domains such as audio, tactile, spatial, gustatory and olfactory.
K H Sancheti, founder, Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, said, “Innovations by young doctors like Dr Kardile are the need of the hour. Investing time in research to develop techniques will have a long-term positive impact. We need treatments that are less complicated, less invasive and less costly so that everybody in need benefits from them.”