Research Information and Resources for People with Alzheimer's and Caregivers
Information on current research on brain fitness, strategies that may protect your brain and intervention programs to maintain or improve cognitive skills is available at reviews of recent research articles along with an additional review of research on cognitive stimulation and cognitive training by Asenath LaRue, PhD, WAI senior scientist (retired).
The resource list, right, includes websites, literature and programs with information on keeping your mind active and engaged.
Tips for Better Memory
Our ability to remember is a link to our past and a bridge to the future. Memory enables us to learn new things, adapt to changing circumstances, and complete essential tasks. At least one out of every four older adults report problems with remembering everyday things such as names or where they put things. Usually this forgetfulness is just annoying and doesn’t affect a person’s ability to do important things. Most people…regardless of age…can strengthen their everyday memory. Below are some tips for a better memory.
Economize your brain use
Practice and repeat
Use your imagination to make things memorable
Pay attention to your health
Get a good night’s sleep
Believe in yourself
Brain fitness blog:
Brain games available on the web for free:
Commercial brain fitness programs:
Books and other materials that take a holistic approach:
The Healthy Brain Kit, Andrew Weil & Gary Small, 2007
The Memory Prescription, Gary Small, 2004
Keep Your Brain Young, Guy McKhann & Marilyn Albert, 2002
Total Memory Workout, Cynthia Green, 1999
Whole Brain Workouts, Marge Englemann, Elizabeth Ragsdale, and Tom Kinney, 2006
For friends or relatives with mild Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, here are some memory support programs inWisconsin:
Crossing Bridges, Meeting of Minds & Learning Among friends, Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, Patricia Wilson, 608-232-3404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Bird Club, Lutheran Home, Wauwatosa. Stephanie Leanes, 414-258-4192 or email@example.com.
HAART Program, Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, Appleton. l-800-236-2236 and www.thedacare.org.
Brain Fitness Research: