What is memory training? Many people have trouble remembering things. Whether it is simple items on a shopping list, or the complicated plot of a movie or book, memory comes in handy every day, and when remembering is difficult, it can affect all aspects of work and life. This loss of memory is compounded in Alzhimer’s patients since they tend to lose the recent memory more than long term memory, so that they may remember everything about their childhood, but may not recognize their own wife and children.
In most cases, memory training isn’t complicated. It just means improving patient’s ability to remember. Research has shown that when people keep their minds active, their thinking skills are less likely to decline. So games, puzzles, and other types of brain training may help slow memory loss and other mental problems. One study, reported on WebMD, involved more than 2,800 adults who were 65 years and older. They went to up to 10 brain-training sessions for 5 -6 weeks. The sessions focused on tactics for these skills: Memory, Reasoning and Speed of processing information. The study found that people who took the training showed improvements in these skills that lasted for at least 5 years. Further, they also improved at everyday tasks, such as the ability to manage money and do housework.
But do these exercises; prevent Alzheimer’s and other Dementias? Does brain training really help?
One study found that exercising the mind delayed decline in thinking skills. Also, after people started having Alzheimer’s symptoms, mental decline sped up in those who kept their minds engaged. It is possible that being mentally active bolstered their brain at first, so symptoms didn’t show up until later. What this means is that people who regularly challenge their minds may spend a shorter part of their lives in a state of decline, even if they do get Alzheimer’s.
There are different levels of memory training, and many different methods are used, including:
- Eating right and physical exercise
- PEG Lists, Mnemonics, Mental Maps etc
- Sudoku, Crosswords, Memory based Board and Card Games
- Tab or computer based or video games which challenge memory such as forcing the player to remember directions, faces etc
Memory training provided in one on one individual session, works by targeting weak memory centers in the brain to make them active and strong. A brain with even one weak cognitive skill is like a shopping cart with a busted wheel. You could do your shopping with it, but it will take longer, and be much more frustrating. And if all four wheels are broken, you will have to carry the cart around the store, which is completely inefficient. Similarly, if all your cognitive skills are weak, learning will be next to impossible. Cognitive skills enhancement programs, including memory training, fix the wheels on the shopping cart so that a person can function without impediment.
Our team will provide both group and one on one session to elders with declining cognitive abilities. Besides the team, we have the tools, physical, digital and online to support memory enhancement of the elders.