In 2008, a car accident left Cecile Proctor’s mother with a brain injury. It affected the entire family and set Proctor in a new direction.
Proctor is now working on her masters degree in psychology at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, and her research is focused on how brain injury survivors benefit from creative pursuits.
“I wanted to see what is going to make their lives better and what’s going to impact them. So we looked at loneliness and we looked at isolation, depression and in the end the strongest predictor was satisfaction with their leisure activities,” Proctor said.
Proctor says brain injury survivors are often pushed to get back to their old routines, but that sometimes can be demoralizing.
“This is a different world for them, and that needs to be respected,” Proctor said.
“But we need to find something they can do that gives them purpose in their life. Whether it’s art or a new kind of sport … people need to look at [productivity] differently.
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