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Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults

A Guide to the Use and Development of Community-Based Programs

Editors: HARTMAN-STEIN, PAULA, LaRue, Asenath (Eds.)

  • Highlights the research foundations behind brain fitness
  • Showcases innovative community programs to promote mental fitness in adults with cognitive impairment
  • Emphasizes the nuts and bolts of setting up and utilizing cognitive health programs in the community
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Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults

A Guide for Use and Development of Community-Based Programs


Paula E. Hartman-Stein and Asenath La Rue, editors



One of the major milestones of aging research is the concept that dementia is not a one-cause, one-effect disorder. From this realization, scores of research-based cognitive wellness programs have been established alongside traditional medical interventions to help older adults deal with memory decline, cognitive deficits,and other signs of brain aging.


Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults takes a wellness-support rather than a disease-based approach to its subject, presenting a wide range of promising interventions among the diversity that is currently being offered, from intergenerational volunteer programs, writing workshops, and multimedia strategies to meditation,biofeedback, nutrition, and exercise. Introductory chapters discuss the findings driving the cognitive-wellness movement, and the possible roles such programs may have in preserving critical brain resources, increasing cognitive flexibility, and avoiding devastating brain decline for improved quality of life in older adults. Areas of coverage include:


  • Research bases for cognitive wellness interventions.
  • Social programs designed to improve and sustain cognitive function.
  • Enhancing cognition through the arts and cultural activities.
  • Cognitive wellness interventions for adults with memory impairment.
  • Community-based programs with positive societal impact.


A cogent survey of a growing field, Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults is a timely resource for professionals working toward this crucial goal,including clinical, health, and neuropsychologists, primary care physicians(e.g., geriatricians, internists, family physicians), and clinical social workers.

About the authors

Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, founder of the Center for Healthy Aging, and director of geriatric psychology for Summa Health System. She received her doctoral degree from Kent State University in 1982, going on to complete her post-doctoral training in the departments of medicine and surgery at Akron General Medical Center, and her geropsychology training at Case Western Reserve University. She is an assistant professor of psychology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, adjunct associate professor of psychology at Kent State University, and senior fellow in the Institute for Life Span Development and Gerontology at University of Akron. In 2006 she received the Alfred M. Wellner Ph.D. Senior Career Psychologist Award recognizing excellence in a health service provider in psychology by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She is a fellow and past president of APA's Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) and a member of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice, Psychologists in Long-Term Care, American Gerontological Society of America, American Society on Aging, and Association for the Advancement of Psychology. Asenath LaRue, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist with interests in both normal cognitive aging and dementia. She has been a faculty member of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, and became a senior scientist at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. She has been a clinician, researcher, and educator in the fields of aging and dementia for more than 25 years. She is on the board of directors for the Alzheimer's Association, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book was designed for the clinician wanting to develop interventions/programs for their patients or local aging community … . an essential read for those interested in setting up interventions for combating cognitive decline in the elderly. … there is a wealth of experience and creativity in these chapters that will only help to sharpen the ideas one may have for his/her own clinic, evening course for the community, or research program.” (Melanie C. Greenaway, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Vol. 19 (1), 2013)

“This book discusses how to enhance cognitive flexibility in older adults using a wellness-support approach. … The audience includes clinical, health, and neuropsychologists, primary care physicians (geriatricians, internists, family physicians), and clinical social workers. … This practical book offers many different ideas for enhancing cognitive fitness in adults, including programming in retirement centers, spelling clubs, physical activity, nutritional supplements, theatre arts, and volunteer programs. … The book will be extremely helpful for those working with older adults.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, December, 2011)

Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • Memory Enhancement Strategies: What Works Best for Obtaining Memory Goals?

    Dunlosky, John (et al.)

    Pages 3-23

  • Mental and Physical Exercise as a Means to Reverse Cognitive Aging and Enhance Well-Being

    Boot, Walter R. (et al.)

    Pages 25-44

  • Consumer-Based Brain Fitness Programs

    Zelinski, Elizabeth M. (et al.)

    Pages 45-66

  • Synapse: A Clinical Trial Examining the Impact of Actively Engaging the Aging Mind

    Lodi-Smith, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 67-83

  • Meditation, Mindfulness, Cognition, and Emotion: Implications for Community-Based Older Adult Programs

    Kaszniak, Alfred W.

    Pages 85-104

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults
Book Subtitle
A Guide to the Use and Development of Community-Based Programs
Editors
  • PAULA HARTMAN-STEIN
  • Asenath LaRue
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0636-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0636-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0635-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4767-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 499
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
Topics