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Strengthen Your Mind Program: A Course for Memory Enhancement
Kristin Einberger and Janelle Sellick, M.S.
Health Professions Press / Softcover / Dec 2009
9781932529555 (ISBN-10: 1932529551)
Memory - Self Help / Aging Well
price: $75.50 (may be subject to change)
232 pages
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Meet the growing demand for memory-enhancement programs with this ready-to-use course for boosting brain function! If you have thought about creating a memory enhancement course but don't know where to start — or you need to spice up your existing program — then this Strengthen Your Mind Program is the resource for you. Become an instant expert with all the latest research on brain health and memory at your fingertips — along with fun, interactive games, exercises, and quizzes for participants to use to learn about and practice both old and new mental activities.

This all-in-one resource includes complete lesson plans for teaching 12 engaging topics in a course that can run for 3 months or up to a year. Here is everything you need to help participants tune up their memories:

Detailed background information on each class topic
Step-by-step leader instructions
All participant materials including quizzes, worksheets, interactive activities, and homework assignments
Following the principles behind the authors' popular memory-enhancing activity books, this course will nurture brain functioning through self-discovery, group discussion, and enjoyable social interactions.

Course topics include
How memory works
How stress, exercise, humor, and nutrition affect memory
What strategies increase memory capacity from interacting with friends and family to expanding your learning styles
And more!
Activity staff in retirement and assisted living communities, and program directors in senior and adult day centers, area agencies on aging, and adult continuing education programs can all make use of this course's robust content. The Strengthen Your Mind Program now makes it easier than ever to make a course on memory enhancement available to everyone.

Reviews and Endorsements:

"Once again, Kristin Einberger and Janelle Sellick have provided an innovative, comprehensive and practical tool for anyone interested in providing classes in improving memory and cognitive performance. The easy to follow format includes relevant research supporting pertinent topics, along with enjoyable activities and practical suggestions for overcoming challenges and enhancing the experience. This unique contribution to the rapidly growing field of memory education and enhancement is an invaluable resource for all who want a concise guide to providing a program for their clients that is both entertaining and has the potential to improve everyday functioning."
-Judy Filippoff, MSW, Early Stage Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada

"As the U.S. population ages, interest in maintaining brain health is sweeping the nation. But how do we keep our brains healthy? This manual is designed to help staff at Adult Day Programs, Senior Centers, and other settings create programs to assist people to preserve their cognitive skills. The manual is a superb resource. The curriculum is well organized, clearly written, and provides step-by-step instructions for practitioners who are building their programs from the ground up. The volume is a successful translation of scientific findings into meaningful, highly interesting, and effective activities to keep mind and brain fit! The focus on individuals' strengths, use of activities involving creativity, reliance on optimism and humor, and emphasis on positive social interactions among participants is especially laudable. It reflects an underlying care philosophy, subtly woven throughout the text: the value placed on person-centered care. I recommend this "how to" manual without reservation."
-Thomas Fritsch, Ph.D., Cognitive Psychologist and Lifespan Epidemiologist, Director, Parkinson Research Institute, Aurora Sinai Medical Center

"This comprehensive and well-structured book provides education about brain fitness while also exercising it. Grounding their material in recent research as well as professional practice, the authors package their fun, interesting activities into an easy-to-follow format that will be most appreciated by program facilitators."
-Robyn Yale, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker & Early Stage Alzheimer's Consultant

"Kristin Einberger and Janelle Sellick's Strengthen Your Mind provides programming themes, ideas, and insights geared to Early Memory Loss (EML) members' acuity and interest levels. The twelve sessions, complete with agenda, quizzes, and answer sheets, serve as an inspiration and creative template for program development. Adult day programs have decades of experience to draw on for activity plan development, not so with programs for people with early memory loss. As a Program Director of BACS Adult Day Care and Coordinator of our brand-new Brain Boost EML program, I treasure the resources found in this innovative work and know they will contribute to the successful launch of our program."
-Roberta Tracy, Program Director, BACS Adult Day Care

"This book is written with an authentic approach to memory loss that is uplifting and encouraging. Its helpful tools and 'road maps' for the practitioner provide guidance for setting up community programs focused on brain health and memory. I would certainly recommend that adult day services owners and directors read this book as they develop and plan for brain fitness and early onset memory loss services."
-Beth Meyer-Arnold, Director, Adult Day Services, Luther Manor

"Ms. Einberger and Ms. Sellick have provided a useful resource for all professionals working in the aging field that wish to provide a useful tool for boosting brain functioning in a fun and easy to use format. Their dedication and commitment in the field of memory enhancement gives hope to all those wishing to continue to thrive in our every day lives as we age. Congratulations Kristin and Janelle on another fine resource. It is a pleasure to work with you in this field."
-Jane Kibbey, Senior Service Program Coordinator and President of the California Association of Senior Service Centers



Class 1: Memory and Aging
Class 2: Learning Styles
Class 3: Mental Aerobics
Class 4: Exercise
Class 5: Strategies for Memory Improvement
Class 6: Brain Dominance
Class 7: The Five Senses
Class 8: Stress
Class 9: Optimism and Humor
Class 10: Nutrition
Class 11: Socialization
Class 12: Memory-Enhancement Course Review

Resources List

About the Authors:

Kristin Einberger has worked with older adults for 30 years, most of it with people with cognitive impairment. In the last few years, she has focused her time on early memory loss. She developed and facilitated two social day programs for people experiencing early memory loss and assisted in starting another. Currently, she facilitates one of these programs in Fairfield, California. She is also the program coordinator for a senior day program in Northern California.

Kristin has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Brookdale Foundation, American Society on Aging, and the California Council for Adult Education. She has partnered with Janelle Sellick to author a technical manual for the Brookdale Foundation on Creating an Early Memory Loss Program. In addition, she has written an activity card set titled Sharpen Your Senses. Kristin has also written many articles on the same subject.

Janelle Sellick, M.S., RTC/CTRS, has worked with people with cognitive impairment for the past 10 years, and specifically with people with early memory loss for the past 4 years. She developed and facilitated two social/educational programs for people with early memory loss and has also developed educational classes for caregivers. In addition, she has taught numerous memory enhancement classes and seminars to independent seniors.

Janelle has presented at many local, state, and national conferences, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the California Park and Recreation Society, the Brookdale Foundation, and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She is the author of many newsletter and magazine articles on memory loss and the author of the book Traditions: Improving Quality of Life in Caregiving. Most recently, she has partnered with Kristin Einberger to author a technical manual for the Brookdale Foundation on Creating an Early Memory Loss Program.

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