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Memory Problems

Definition

Memory is the ability to hold and recover information about past events or knowledge. It is divided into short term (working) memory and long-term. Short-Term Memory is the ability to apprehend and hold information in immediate awareness and use it within a few seconds.  Working Memory is to be able to retain information while processing or using it.  Long-Term Memory is the ability to store information and fluently retrieve it later in the process of thinking.  

 Characteristics

Diagnosis

Parents and/or teachers are usually the first to
notice memory problems in children. Older adults
often notice memory issues in themselves. Soldiers
or their spouses often notice their memory issues.
BrainRx provides a professional cognitive skills
evaluation to pinpoint the exact cause of memory problems. The tests measure all cognitive skills - including memory, processing speed, visual
and auditory processing, logic and reasoning, and
attention. In people with memory issues, the weakest
cognitive sub-skills are short-term memory, long-term
memory and/or working memory, although other areas may suffer as well.

Symptoms 

  • No age bias, though memory does begin to
    decline in your mid-20s

  • No gender bias, though common in pregnant
    women and new mothers

  • Common in soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress
    Disorder (PTSD)

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Forgetting names

  • Difficulty recalling information

  • Misplacing keys, homework, etc.

  • Difficulty following directions

  • Difficulty executing multiple or complex instructions

  • Difficulty executing tasks that require multiple steps

  • Requiring plenty of repetition 

Treatment

Evaluations: Professional neurological exam to rule out Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, dementia, Alzheimer’s, or brain damage

 

Nutrition: You might also be able to reduce the frequency or severity of the symptoms by improving nutrition. Proper nutrition includes complex carbohydrates, fiber, and “good” fats to help maintain glucose levels in the brain.   Controlling sugar consumption can also be helpful as well as supplementing with Omegas.  Including plenty of varied fruits and vegetables as well as non-processed foods is key to brain health.  Ensuring appropriate hydration is also essential for brain function and overall health.  IQRx works with our Juice Plus partners in improving nutrition and a healthy lifestyle (mdevarona.juiceplus.com).  IQRx counts with support of a licensed nutritionist for additional consultations when needed.

Exercise: Physical exercise is also effective to manage some symptoms and overall brain health.  Exercise has been found to reduce brain cell loss, reduce risk of depression and anxiety, and help you sleep better.  Exercising regularly increases blood flow therefore achieving better brain oxygenation.  Children should exercise 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous exercise including bone and muscle training at least 3 days a week.  Adults should exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise (or 75 of vigorous exercise) and muscle strengthening twice a week.

Sleep Habits: Getting the proper amount of sleep is known to optimize mental functioning.  While sleeping, the brain is regenerating neurons and consolidating memory.  There are tables to offer guidance as to how much sleep is needed per age.  In general, preschoolers (3 - 5 years old) require 10 - 13 hours a day including naps.  Elementary students (6 - 12 years old) need 9 - 12 hours a day.  Teenagers (13 - 18) need 8 - 10 hours a day and adults (> 18 years old) require at least 7 hours a day.  There are natural ways to ensure proper sleep health such as using aromatherapy, essential oils, specific teas, white noise, ensuring no electronics are emitting light, removing mobile phones and other electronics from the room or not keeping them nearby, using melatonin.  

Protecting the Brain: Wear helmets when riding bicycles, motorcycles, mopeds, horses, etc., and when playing contact sports like football or rugby.  Protect the brain from chemical contaminants in the environment as well as in food or by avoiding drugs, cigarette, and alcohol consumption.

Brain Training: Cognitive skills training attacks the root causes of memory issues by strengthening weak cognitive skills, especially short-term, long-term, and working memory sub-skills.

  • Unlike tutoring, which focuses on specific academic subjects (like history), cognitive skills training treats the causes of learning struggles to help children, teens, and adults excel in school, sports, the workplace, and extracurricular activities (like sports, music, art, and dance).

At IQRx, while we do not provide diagnoses, the fact is that many of our students come to us with previous diagnoses.  We help children and adults with these issues because we address the cognitive deficits that are commonly linked to the diagnosis. In fact, our brain training programs strengthen all critical cognitive skills, which is why children and adults with different diagnoses who go through our program, experience such significant improvements in school, work, and life.

Cognitive skills training treats the causes of learning and execution struggles to help children, teens, and adults excel in every aspect of their life.

IQRx Cognitive Training Programs Include:

      BrainRx

      ReadRx

      Accelerate

      Combo Programs

Certain activities can increase the number of connections between brain cells, strengthening memory. Trivia, crosswords and memory games are all good choices.

For younger students:

Targeted Tutoring after training: Once the student has improved and efficient cognitive skills, IQRx can close the gap of knowledge content through targeted tutoring.  These sessions will only be temporary until the student reaches the appropriate level of content.

 

Studying Techniques: IQRx can also provide studying skills necessary for success through individual sessions or group workshop of our Studying Habits and Memorization Techniques (TEM: Técnicas de Estudio y Memoria).  This program should be completed once the student has improved learning skills through brain training in order to obtain the greatest benefit and ensure that the student can in fact apply everything learned.  Once learning is maximized, IQRx can teach the student how to organize, plan, manage time, prepare for tests, take notes, prepare reviews, and different memorization techniques to support their studying process.  TEM can be acquired through individualized one on one sessions, a group workshop, or a group workshop paired with individualized coaching.

Helpful Resources

The Alzheimer’s Association
http://alz.org


National Institute of Mental Health
http://nimh.nih.gov

All Kinds of Minds
http://allkindsofminds.org

National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncld.org


Learning Disabilities Association of America
http://ldaamerica.org

LD Online

http://ldonline.org

“I have 2 daughters, Nikita (16) and Tanishqa (10). Both the girls enjoy going for their training as their trainers seem to make it fun. The most obvious change I have noticed in Nikita is her improved memory and her improved coordination. The training has made her more confident. Tanishqa was very dependent on me for many things like getting ready for school, doing her homework and projects, etc. After her training, she has become much more independent, plans her day well and does her homework on her own. She says she can multi-task better and solve exercises in class faster.”

 

— Mother of two BrainRx students

Memory Problems

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