Memory Matters Mailbox

“Memory Matters”  for ALL Ages  LINK TO PROGRAM

Welcome to our Memory Matters Mailbox program this week which addresses some of the most frequently asked questions received after the first four months of a weekly “Memory Matters” for ALL Ages series.  (Article)

The cable TV shows are available on You Tube and each show has a corresponding blog reviewing some of the information and suggestions with additional links related to each of the topics. Listen to the program  for this week where several questions are addressed.

Who can benefit from this information? These programs were created as a result of many inquiries by people, young and old, concerned about their memory or noticing changes with someone they know. As a speech-language pathologist for 4 decades, my goal is to increase your awareness, provide practical suggestions and insights whatever the concerns and direct you to additional resources. What are your memory concerns? Here are topics currently covered in these blogs and shows.

MULTITASKING Perhaps you are finding juggling home, work and other responsibilities more challenging as multitasking (really task switching) becomes a part of your day more and more. Here are the topics covered so far: Multitasking basics, tips on how to handle it more effectively, some interesting current research and some suggestions regarding etiquette when it comes to using electronic devices.  Look for more information regarding strategies in 2014.

MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT/YOUNG ONSET/EARLY STAGE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Have you been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, young or early onset Alzheimer’s disease? It has been my experience when developing individualized treatment plans that understanding the changes in memory with normal aging and mild cognitive impairment and how attitude and paying attention can impact recall really matters.  With a better understanding of all involved in recalling information comes the ability to maximize strengths while learning compensatory strategies for the areas where problems reoccur. Being proactive at these earlier stages has many benefits for communication, safety, long term planning and quality of life. The upcoming programs/blogs  in 2014 will include lifestyle choices, strategies and activity modification.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS  For those with this diagnosis it is important to understand some basics about the changes in communication and how to modify strategies. Areas of concern that need to be monitored closely include driving,  finances and medications to name a few. In 2014 look for information on other areas of concerns and suggestions on meeting the person where they are in their level of functioning to maximize their safety and quality of life.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The last week of each month has focused on caregivers. Many times caregivers will express concerns about their memory.  Since overload and worry can impact a person’s memory at any age, it is important to understand some proactive things to do.  Often a caregiver is also reluctant to ask for assistance so ideas are provided along with tips for the holidays when  loved one has dementia. In addition to holiday tips for caregiver when a loved one has dementia there are suggestions for how best to approach those difficult conversations when concerns arise with a loved one with dementia.

Remember  ….  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Are you interested in more detailed programs for your workplace, organization or perhaps a private consultation to develop some strategies whether it is multitasking issues or concerns with normal aging or beyond?

Contact Kathryn for details and take some time to explore the extensive resources on her websites including products, webinars, eldercare articles and blogs, memory fitness blogs and memory podcasts. Learn more about Kathryn’s 7 Day Memory Fitness program and join us for the continuation of “Memory Matters”  for ALL Ages in 2014.

Thank you for your interest and support in my journey of sharing and learning.  

About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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