Dr. Rob Winningham 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 LinkedSenior.com 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, which can be found on our Masterpiece Living online store. His extensive knowledge and experience, combined with an excellent speaking style, creates an engaging and rewarding learning experience. Dr. Winningham received his Ph.D. 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 well over 500 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops. His book Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood was recently published by Baywood Publishing.
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Dr. Rob`s Topics Include:
- Train Your Brain: A Holistic and Empirically-Based Approach to Brain Health. There is mounting evidence that lifestyle factors, including staying mentally active, can delay memory problems. Dr. Winningham will discuss recent research related to the use it or lose it theory of memory and aging, share a number of cognitive stimulation interventions that can be used to exercise targeted regions of the brain, and discuss the very latest research on the effects of physical exercise, nutrition, and social support on the likelihood of developing memory problems. The take home message is optimistic and motivating: There are many practical things that all of us can do to maximize our memory abilities.
- Behavioral Management Strategies and Taking Advantage of Cognitive Abilities that are Retained with Dementia. While dementia is associated with significant changes in cognitive abilities, there are some abilities that are retained. We commonly focus on the losses and what individuals living with dementias can no longer do. This presentation will identify what changes and what does not, in terms of memory. The common trajectories of memory and other cognitive changes will be discussed with descriptions of what to expect and why. We will discuss how memory ability and behavior affect the level of care a resident needs and how to manage behavioral challenges to maximize independence and safety. Using the knowledge of these cognitive and behavioral changes, techniques will be offered for preventing and responding to emotional outbursts and behavioral problems. In addition, attendees will learn how to engage residents in activities designed to improve attention and the ability to inhibit or not engage in maladaptive behaviors and emotional outbursts.
- Cognitive Rehabilitation and Memory Enhancement: Evidence-Based Interventions for Older Adults. Learn practical cognitive rehabilitation/enhancement activities designed to improve memory and cognition in individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment, early-to-mid-stage dementia, vascular dementia, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Discover methods to motivate depressed, apathetic and anxious clients to participate in therapy and activities. Review cutting-edge research on memory, aging and dementia and learn how to implement tailored cognitive enhancement programs for people of varying abilities. Participate in hands-on learning of the latest interventions for improving the ability to make new memories. Learn about novel interventions to enhance social support and decrease loneliness.
- Depression and Dementia in Older Adulthood: How to Motivate People and Maximize Quality of Life. Sad or depressed older adults have 30% greater increased mortality rates. In addition, depression and social support are both related to the likelihood of developing memory problems. In this presentation, we will discuss risk factors for depression and why there might be a correlation between depression and memory impairment. Strategies to motivate older adults to do the activities and therapy that can improve their quality of life will be discussed, along with interventions to maximize social engagement and decrease loneliness in retirement communities.