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Memory Enhancement Programs for Older Adults

by May Caprio-Prevette and Prem Fry

This manual presents an intervention program of memory enhancement for older adults that integrates two approaches: cognitive restructing and traditional memory training.

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This program of memory enhancement, which stresses helping older adults gain control over their thoughts about memory and memory abilities, relies on components of traditional memory skills training, supplemented extensively by compnents of (a) cognitive restructuring and attribution retraining, and (b) other cognitive training procedures that encourage clients to challenge dysfunctional thoughts or cognitive distortions.

This program will review the expected age changes in memory functioning and related cognitive abilities and presents an overview of widely accepted models for how memory works to help the practitioner or facilitator in understanding the mechanisms that underlie this complexity of intellectual functions. Also discussed are various types of memory functioning, some of which remain intact while others are possibly impaired with aging, and compensatory strategies are discussed that can be taught to your clients to assist them with memory complaints.

This manual contains 15 units of guided cognitively based exercises, educational materials, and compensatory strategies to improve memory performance that you can integrate into general education, therapeutic or guidance programs. The structured exercises will assist your clients to modify their misperceptions, misattributions, and erroneous belief regarding memory changes in older age, and descriptions of how older adults may be able to restore (in part at least) the memory efficiency of their younger years.

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    Acknowledgements
    About the Authors
    Introduction
  1. An Overview of Theoretical Perspectives on Memory functioning in Later Years
    Empowerment Philosophy of Memory Training
    Education
    Dialogue
    Motivation
    Acceptance
    Special Attention to Problems of Guilt, Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem
    Attention to Psychosocial Factors Influencing Memory Performance
    A Compensatory Approach to Helping Older Adults with Memory Complaints
  2. Important Concepts for Facilitators and Older Adults in Memory Training Programs
    Memory and Aging
    Memory and Depression
    Memory and Self-Conceptions
    Rationalfor Cognitive Training
    What Facilitators need to know about using this book
    Definition of terms used in the book
  3. Overview of Memory
    Analogies of Memory
    Types of Memory
    General Information-Processinf Model
    Cognitive-Processing Explanations for Memory Changes
    Learning and Memory
    Compensatory Strategies for Age-Related Memory Changes
  4. Components of Memory Training
    Traditional Memory training
    Frequently Used Mnomonic Strategies
    Cognitive Training
    Education
    Part II - Memory Enhancement Training Program: Teaching Units and Practice Exercises
    Overview of the Memory Enhancement Training Program
    Instructions for the Facilitator
    Practical Considerations for the Facilitator
    Unit 1 - Memory Matters
    Introductory Remarks
    Views of Memory as We Age
    Setting Goals with Participants: Personal Time Management
    How Memory Works
    Unit 1 Homework
    Unit 1 Handout - Outline
    Unit 1 Handout
    Unit 1 Review Questions
    Unit 2 - Am I Losing My Grip?
    Introductory Remarks
    Views of Memory as We Age
    How Memory Works
    Unit 2 Homework
    Unit 2 Handout
    Unit 2 Review Questions
    Unit 3 - Remembering to Forget
    Introductory Remarks
    Relationship between Thought, Feelings, and Memory
    External Memory Aids: Appointment Books and Calendars
    Theories of Forgetting and Remembering
    Unit 3 Homework
    Unit 3 Handout
    Unit 3 Review Questions
    Unit 4 - Forgetting to Remember
    Introductory Remarks
    Relationship between Thoughts, Feelings and Memory
    Organization of Lists, Routines, and Drills
    Theories of Forgetting in Older Adults
    Unit 4 Homework
    Unit 4 Handout
    Unit 4 Review Questions
    Unit 5 - Am I Losing It?
    Introductory Remarks
    Cognitive Distortion Classifications
    Name Recall
    Alzheimer's Disease and Other Biological Causes of Memory Decline
    Unit 5 Homework
    Unit 5 Handout
    Unit 5 Review Questions
    Unit 6 - Losing Your Memory Marbles
    Introductory Remarks
    Role of Cognitive Distortions and Dysfunctional Thoughts in
    Memory, Performance and Functioning
    Name Recall and Visualization
    Alzheimer's Disease and Other Biological Causes of Memory Decline:
    Multi-Infarct Dementia and Delirium
    Unit 6 Homework
    Unit 6 Handout
    Unit 6 Review Questions
    Unit 7 - Food Smarts
    Introductory Remarks
    Role of Cognitive Distortions and Dysfunctional Thoughts in
    Memory, Performance and Functioning
    Method of Loci
    Nutrition, Diet, and Memory
    Unit 7 Homework
    Unit 7 Handout
    Unit 7 Review Questions
    Unit 8 - Where Did I Put It?
    Introductory Remarks
    Role of Cognitive Distortions and Dysfunctional Thoughts in
    Memory, Performance and Functioning
    Method of Loci
    Nutrition, Diet, and Memory
    Unit 8 Homework
    Unit 8 Handout
    Unit 8 Handout - Food Guide Pyramid
    Unit 8 Handout - Nutrition Resources
    Unit 8 Review Questions
    Unit 9 - Remember What?
    Introductory Remarks
    How to Achieve Cognitive Change and Reduce
    Cognitive Distortions Through Cognitive Restructuring Exercises
    Peg Word System
    Recreational Drugs and Memory
    Unit 9 Homework
    Unit 9 Handout
    Unit 9 Review Questions
    Unit 10 - Use It or Lose It
    Introductory Remarks
    How to Achieve Cognitive Change and Reduce
    Cognitive Distortions Through Cognitive Restructuring Exercises
    Peg Word System
    Medications and Memory
    Unit 10 Homework
    Unit 10 Handout
    Unit 10 Review Questions
    Unit 11 - Memory Magic
    Introductory Remarks
    How to Achieve Cognitive Change and Reduce
    Cognitive Distortions Through Cognitive Restructuring Exercises
    Link or Chain System
    Sleep and Memory
    Unit 11 Homework
    Unit 11 Handout
    Unit 11 Review Questions
    Unit 12 - Memory Muscles
    Introductory Remarks
    How to Achieve Cognitive Change and Reduce
    Cognitive Distortions Through Cognitive Restructuring Exercises
    Link or Chain System
    Physical Activity and Memory
    Unit 12 Homework
    Unit 12 Handout
    Unit 12 Review Questions
    Unit 13 - Memory Madness
    Introductory Remarks
    How to Achieve Cognitive Change and Reduce
    Cognitive Distortions Through Cognitive Restructuring Exercises
    More Mnemonic Devices
    Stress Factors and Memory
    Unit 13 Homework
    Unit 13 Handout
    Unit 13 Review Questions
    Unit 14 - Memory Lane
    Introductory Remarks
    How to Achieve Cognitive Change and Reduce
    Cognitive Distortions Through Cognitive Restructuring Exercises
    Review Exercises, Sample Tasks, and Consolidation of Gains Achieved
    Through Learning of Mnemonics, Memory Strategies and Aids
    Sleep and Memory
    Unit 14 Homework
    Unit 14 Handout
    Unit 14 Review Questions
    Unit 15 - Memory Power
    Introductory Remarks
    How to Achieve Cognitive Change and Reduce
    Cognitive Distortions Through Cognitive Restructuring Exercises
    Review Exercises, Sample Tasks, and Consolidation of Gains Achieved
    Through Learning of Mnemonics, Memory Strategies and Aids
    Review and Discussion on Allied Health Factors and Memory Performance
    Closure
    Unit 14 Handout
    Appedix A - Geriatric Depression Scale
    Appendix B - Mini-Mental Health Examination
    Appendix C- Mental Status Questionnaire
    Appendix D - Premature Cognitive Commitment
    Appendix E - Memory Goal Scale
    Index

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