Memory training as a way to prevent memory loss

1. Why worry about memory?

There is a current global trend towards aging populations. One consequence of this will be a shortage of old age facilities in the future. This means that c are in old age will be very expensive and also that young people will be burdened with looking after the elderly. A very common feature of the ageing process is loss of memory, always leading to dependence on others. But memory loss need not be an inevitable consequence of ageing and can be delayed and, in some cases, prevented.

2. What are some of the factors that impact on memory loss?

  • Age and physical illness
  • Stress, boredom and depression
  • Anxiety, fears and lack of confidence
  • Life events such as retirement, pregnancy, relocation, retrenchment and so forth
  • Stereotypes of the elderly
  • Some medication
  • Alcohol

3. What is memory training?

Current research shows that certain people may be at an advanced stage of Alzheimers Disease and yet perform normally on cognitive and behavioural tests.

This has been attributed to reserve brain capacity.

Reserve brain capacity can be developed by:

  • memory training exercises that create a cross-over between the right and left brain hemispheres
  • social interaction
  • regular exercise
  • healthy diet
  • ‘doing things differently’ (for example, using the non-dominant hand for an everyday activity)

The critical issue is that memory loss cannot be reversed, but it can be arrested (by measures such as those listed above).

Memory training consists of a number of practical exercises which, if done regularly, can slow cognitive decline. They can be done at any age and stage.

4. About us

Dee Pinto and Adrienne Scott are both Witwatersrand University graduates. Adrienne is a clinical psychologist and businesswoman and holds BA (Hons), LLB and MA (Clin Psych) degrees. Dee is a freelance educationist and has BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD degrees. Both have been trained by Engineer Dana Steinova, of the EURAG Memory Training Centre in Prague.

We run workshops that provide strategies, based on memory training research, for promoting reserve brain capacity. These very practical and lively workshops cater for small groups of people who want to take responsibility for their own functioning, independence and vitality in later life.

Contact us

Call or e-mail us about workshops in 2011
Dee Pinto (082) 893-6824 ; e-mail: dee1pinto@gmail.com
Adrienne Scott (083) 266-6956 ; e-mail: adrienne.phillipa.scott@gmail.com