HABS Memory Fitness Matters

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Memory andamp; Aging WELCOME Healthy Aging Briefing Series This session will begin promptly at 1:30pm EST Please mute your phone Personal introductions are not necessary The moderator will be on the line shortly Sponsored by The National Council on the Aging and CareSource

Memory Fitness Programs: 

Memory Fitness Programs Meeting the needs of the professional Education about memory enhancement and loss Program development to meet current needs Family and caregiver education Early intervention awareness Ongoing assessment for changes Ongoing volunteer and staff training Innovative programs to attract new audiences and participants

Memory Fitness Programs: 

Memory Fitness Programs Meeting needs of families and caregivers Information Resources Activity ideas Quality of life Meeting needs of seniors Information Resources Socialization Meaningful activities Quality of life

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSTypical Audiences: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Typical Audiences Senior residences Adult day programs Senior centers AARP Retirees Elderhostel Continuing education programs

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSAdditional Audiences: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Additional Audiences Support groups Community organizations Faith communities Health and wellness programs Volunteer programs Baby boomers Workplace

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSMarketing: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Marketing Benefit of collaborative efforts Reduces expenses Increases the audience scope Brings together valuable resources Expands the possibilities for future programming Develops partnerships

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSBasic Program: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Basic Program Causes Diseases Reversible Normal aging Mild cognitive impairment Dementia Alzheimer’s disease

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSBasic Program: 

Short term and long term memory Paying attention and listening Attitude Organization Multitasking, overload, hurrying Stress MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Basic Program

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSBasic Program: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Basic Program Lifestyle choices Strategies: Basics Strategies: Common problems Strategies: Additional tips Successful aging Memory fitness routines

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSFollow-up Topics: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Follow-up Topics Memory Fitness: What Does Hearing Have To Do With It? Attitude Matters Humor Matters Lifestyle Choices Matter Taking Your Routine Up a Notch

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSSpecial Topics – Special Audiences: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Special Topics – Special Audiences Memory Fitness: What Does Multitasking Have To Do With It? Paying Attention Matters Caregiver Stress and Its Impact on Memory Maximizing Your Memory in the Workplace Creating a Successful Retirement: Memory Matters

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSProgram Format Options: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Program Format Options Senior groups Series consecutive weeks One hour Overview Special area Mini overview of an area – less ½ hour Health and wellness fair Mini overview One hour presentation Memory fitness workout

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSHelpful to Seniors: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Helpful to Seniors Program announcement RSVP number Reminder phone calls Directions Day of program Signs to parking and event Valet parking Name tags First name Large print

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSHelpful to Seniors: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Helpful to Seniors Refreshment options Diet restrictions Accessibility Program conclusion Upcoming program information Sign-up sheet with phone numbers Evaluation Checklist Referrals

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSAll Senior Audiences: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS All Senior Audiences For hearing and vision changes with aging: Microphone Special listening devices Seating/table arrangement Slow rate of presentation Location review for lighting Background noises and distractions Wheelchair accessibility Staff availability

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSAdditional Suggestions: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Additional Suggestions Handouts should be included: Large print Readable font Specific color selection Simplified layout Numbered pages Possible PowerPoint Include resource list Additional activity sheets later

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSMild Memory Impairment: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Mild Memory Impairment Modification of presentation needs to address Many causes of memory loss Variety of sensory deficits Program Smaller audience Shorter presentation Meaningful information Activities Smaller groups More assistance Meaningful activities Various versions

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSMore Advanced Memory Loss: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS More Advanced Memory Loss Audience Smaller group Avoid highly diverse audiences Programs Interesting material Activities Modification to meet their strengths Education of caregivers and families

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERSNewsletters - Websites: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Newsletters - Websites Positive attitude stories Inspirational quotes Reminiscence Humor column Memory tip Brain workouts Upcoming programs Basic information Current research Activity ideas Communication tips Hearing, vision and memory Community resources

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Every man’s memory is his private literature. Aldous Huxley Learning is a treasure that accompanies its owner everywhere. Saying The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you are learning, you’re not old. Rosalyn S. Yalow

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS: 

MEMORY FITNESS MATTERS Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. Speech and Language Pathologist Geriatric Communication Consultant Memory Fitness Specialist www.connectionsincommunication.com www.memoryfitnessmatters.com kathy@connectionsincommunication.com

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