Memory Fitness Program
Memory training and lifestyle choices to prevent cognitive decline and/or stabilize cognitive loss due to mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Join a session now.
Our experts understand the unique challenges, stresses, and pressure that people in our modern society deal with on a daily basis. The Memory Fitness program takes a whole brain approach and provides a comfortable and safe environment for individuals to discuss their health and lifestyle, with a focus on aging well.
Memory Fitness is an evidence-based program to address brain health and memory. Memory Fitness covers science-based brain healthy behaviors, such as exercise, nutrition, stress management, and cognitive stimulation. It also teaches strategies geared towards using memory more effectively in real-life situations. This program was developed and researched at UCLA by Dr. Karen Miller and Dr. Gary Small. The results regarding efficacy have been published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Memory Fitness sessions cover the following.
1. Memory Training
Mental exercise is just as important for optimizing brain health as physical exercise. Research shows that factors associated with learning – such as higher levels of education, bilingualism, and more complex occupations – are associated with lower risk for cognitive decline after adjusting for confounding factors. Memory training focuses on improving short-term memory through specific techniques and addressing practical approached for everyday memory challenges
2. Physical Activity
Studies show that physical activity is one of the most important behaviors to prevent age-related cognitive decline and all forms of dementia. During sessions, the brain health coaches will review the importance of exercise and its impact on mood and cognition.
Diets high in total and saturated fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates are associated with worse cognitive function and increased dementia risk. Alternatively, diets characterized by high intakes of vegetables and fruit, limited meat consumption, moderate intake of alcohol, and use of olive oil as a primary fat source are associated with decreased dementia risk. In addition to what you eat, making sure you have healthy blood levels of key nutrients like vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and B-vitamins are also important. Memory Trainers will provide nutrition fundamentals and support to help you develop a brain healthy diet.
4. Stress Reduction
Chronic stress is harmful for the brain and is an established risk factor for cognitive decline. Chronic stress reduces the resiliency of brain cells to survive damage and disease. Apart from its direct effects on the brain, chronic stress increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and inflammation. Adopting a regular stress management practice such as deep breathing, meditation or gentle yoga may help reduce stress. Memory Fitness emphasizes the importance of stress management and introduces a variety of techniques throughout the course.
Sleep is a key component to optimizing cognitive health and potentially lowering risk for cognitive decline. Sleep rejuvenates and protects the brain. During sleep your brain clears out toxins and consolidates memory. Even habitually getting too little sleep (less than 6 hours each night) is associated with reduced brain volume. Our sleep hygiene recommendations promote 7-9 hours per night. Seeking medical help to improve sleep may be advised.
Memory Fitness options
There are a variety of ways to participate in Memory Fitness. Clients may choose from individual or group learning, as well as in-person or virtual delivery methods. Memory Fitness is designed specifically for individuals with memory-related concerns and challenges, including normal aging and mild cognitive impairment.
Memory Fitness Group
- 2-hour class that meets for 4 weeks (total of 8 hours of class)
- $300 for the 4-week class
Memory Fitness 1-on-1
- Virtual (Zoom) or in-person at the Brain Health Center
- 1 hour/week for 10 weeks
- $1500 for 10 weeks ($150/session)
Virtual Memory Fitness Group
- Via zoom
- 90-minute class that meets for 6 weeks (total of 9 hours)
- $300 for the 6-week class
Memory Fitness Location
1301 20th St, #250, Second Floor Conference Room
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact us for more information about our Memory Fitness program