Memory Improvement at Healthy Mind Sacramento
Do you meet someone, then instantly forget their name as soon as you shake their hand? Do you walk into a room, then forget what you wanted in that room? Do you constantly lose your glasses or the TV remote?
Is there any kind of solution for these annoying memory problems? Yes! Read on to find out more…
The above examples are very common memory issues that many people face. Each of them has a solution that kind be easily learned. As a neuropsychologist, I work with people on creative ways to work on memory improvement. It’s called cognitive rehabilitation.
What is cognitive rehabilitation?
Basically, it is like physical therapy, but for your brain. We work together to strengthen areas of your thinking skills that may not be as strong (such as memory).
I also teach you how to compensate for memory problems with “work-arounds” if you have trouble holding information in memory. We work on the specific problems that you are having in your real life. Here are some of the problem areas that I help people with when we tackle memory improvement:
- Remembering names
- Remembering items to-do
- How to hold more information in your memory at once
- How to learn better (so you will be more likely to remember later!)
- How to stop losing things!
- Prioritizing tasks
- Creating a reminder system: for medications, appointments, etc.
- Creating an organization system: for bills, papers, etc.
Is this a memory training program?
At Healthy Mind Sacramento, the goal in our memory improvement work together is to tackle directly the challenges you are facing in real life. I will teach you memory skills and memory strategies. You will not be doing a computer program or game. You will not be asked to rehearse a skill over and over.
There are a lot of memory training programs out there right now. Some are computerized, and some are tasks that you do again and again. In a nutshell, the science right now is not showing very strong support for this type of “brain training.” If you train your brain to play a certain game, you will become very good at that game! However, there is little evidence to show that this will generalize to memory skills in your real life.
Are there other things I can do in my life to prevent dementia and help my brain?
Yes! Research has shown that about a third of dementias are probably preventable and due to lifestyle factors that are totally changeable. If you want to know exactly what these factors are, read my blog post on the topic.
My doctor says I already have Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia. Can I benefit?
People with mild cognitive impairment can definitely benefit from cognitive rehabilitation and memory improvement skills. I work with MCI individuals frequently and see good gains. I encourage cognitive rehabilitation as part of an overall brain health program for people with mild cognitive impairment.
People who have dementia are unlikely to be able to participate in cognitive rehabilitation because memory carryover is required from session to session in order to benefit.
How many sessions do I need to attend?
I see most people for a total of 4-8 sessions. The treatment is very focused, and once you learn the skills, you can reap the benefits in your life immediately! Treatments are offered in-person or via videoconferencing. If you have any hearing problems, I would recommend in-person treatment.
If you would like to learn more about me and my expertise in brain health, please check out my about page. If you would like to meet me before deciding if you would like to work with me, get in touch!