Overview of Programs

The UCLA Longevity Center Memory Education Programs can be taken at UCLA, online, or through our community partners. Click here to view the list of our current partners: https://www.semel.ucla.edu/longevity/community-partners


 Memory Training 

Memory Training is a 4-session manualized course teaching memory enhancing techniques and practical strategies to boost memory functioning. Research has shown that the techniques are effective compensatory strategies for people with mild age-related memory challenges. The course is offered both virtually and in person.

Memory Training-Residential Version is an 8-session manualized course teaching memory enhancing techniques and practical strategies designed for people living in residential communities. The program is based on the 4-session Memory Training program, but is broken down into shorter, slower-paced sessions. The program can be taught in-person or virtually.  

Memory Training addresses everyday memory concerns such as:

 1) Forgetting names and faces.

 2) Forgetting to do things in the future (like keeping an appointment, passing on a phone message, or forgetting why you walked into   a room).

 3) Forgetting where you put things (like your keys, glasses, or wallet).

 4) Knowing something you can't immediately recall... or "tip of the tongue" memory challenges.

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Brain Boot Camp 

This intensive, interactive course provides participants with lifestyle strategies and tools to keep their brains vital and healthy. Brain Boot Camp can be offered virtually and in person to individuals and small groups.

Brain Boot Camp addresses:

1) Basic techniques to respond to everyday memory challenges.

2) Advanced techniques to master memory of names and faces.

3) Tips for a healthy heart and brain diet.

4) Take home strategies and exercises for continued progress.

 

Memory Fitness 

This program can be offered in person or virtually and is built for individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. Memory Fitness focuses on the Big 4 Brain Healthy Lifestyle Strategies:

 1) Healthy diet

 2) Physical activity

 3) Stress reduction

 4) Memory Training

 

 

Memory Care 

Memory Care is a manualized program that provides cognitive stimulation and support for individuals with mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia. Caregivers may also participate in the program with their loved ones. The program designed for 3-hour segments offering 1 hour each of cognitive stimulation, life enrichment exercises, and reminiscence/support.

1) Memory Training: teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory performance.

2) Mind-Body Connection: participants learn and practice alternative methods like tai chi, art therapy, music therapy, and dance to help stimulate the mind and body. Mindfulness exercises lower stress levels, enhance creativity, and help participants learn new strategies for living better longer.

3) Social/Support Group: loved ones, family members, and caregivers participate in a caregiver support group while participants practice their social skills during group discussions of past activities and experiences.

 

For more information about the application process, contact Andy Talajkowski at atalajkowski@mednet.ucla.edu.