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The webinar series components are delivered online:
Four one-hour webinars
Continuing education exam
Cognitive Rehab and Memory Enhancement CE Webinar Series covers the factors that affect brain health, memory ability, and the likelihood of developing dementia. These topics are extremely popular with and motivating to many middle-aged and older clients. Learn how physical exercise affects the brain and memory, how to incorporate cognitive exercise directly into fitness programs, and how nutrition affects memory. Gain the tools to start your own cognitive-exercise program in your fitness center and to incorporate brain-health interventions into your programming. After listening to the webinars, you may take a continuing education exam to receive credit through participating organizations.
Physical Activity and Cognition
Describe the effects of physical exercise on cognition.
Articulate possible reasons why physical exercise is associated with better cognition.
Describe strategies to motivate older adults to engage in more physical exercise.
Introduction to Cognitive Rehab and Dual Tasking
Describe the relationship between physical activity and cognitive ability in older adults.
Describe and implement basic cognitive stimulation activities.
Implement numerous dual tasking activities for older adults.
Creating a Cognitive Stimulation/Rehab Program
Learn practical cognitive rehabilitation/enhancement activities designed to improve memory and cognition in older adults.
Implement basic cognitive stimulation activities.
Screen potential older adult participants so they can be placed in the appropriate level of a cognitive stimulation program.
Nutrition and Memory
List the many lifestyle behaviors that affect our memory ability and chance of developing dementia.
Describe the relationship between omega-3 fatty acid consumption on mental health.
Outline strategies to motivate people to engage in more positive lifestyle behaviors.
A continuing education course for physical activity instructors working with older adults in fitness settings, including senior wellness centers, assisted living facilities, and retirement residences.
Robert Winningham, PhD, has nearly 20 years of experience researching applied memory issues and for the past 15 years has conducted research on older adults and ways to enhance their mental functioning and quality of life. Most recently, he has been helping developers create video games and interactive activities specifically designed to enhance cognition. He is a full professor and chair of the psychology division at Western Oregon University (WOU) where he manages both the psychology and gerontology departments. He has trained thousands of professionals to offer high-quality cognitive stimulation and therapy programs and has helped develop a certification program for professionals, activityconnection.com. His extensive knowledge and experience, combined with an excellent speaking style, create an engaging and rewarding learning experience. Dr. Winningham received his PhD in neuroscience from Baylor University. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed articles in the area of human memory, Dr. Winningham makes frequent television and radio appearances and has given more than 500 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops. He has also authored a book, Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood.
"I’ve gained ideas for increasing cognitive stimulation and duel tasking abilities for patients with Alzheimer’s disease."
L. Flanagan—Loveland, OH
"This webinar series has increased my knowledge of the effects of nutrition and physical exercises on cognition as well as dual tasking skills."
L. Weed—Wichita, KS
"I’ve gained a greater overall understanding of physical activity and cognition. I love all the concrete ideas on how to incorporate cognitive stimulation into my programs. Rob Winningham is a great presenter!"
S. Paul—Oceanside, CA
"This webinar series contains good information like fish oil properties improving mental cognition and the importance of dual task exercises."
L. Lee—Andover, KS
"I work with seniors and will apply the concept that cognitive impairment can be improved with certain physical and cognitive exercises and also the importance of dual tasking. I will continue to study this topic."