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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

  • Professional neurological exam to rule out Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, dementia, Alzheimer’s, or brain damage
    Proper nutrition includes complex carbohydrates, fiber, and “good” fats to help maintain glucose levels in the brain.  Supplementing with Omegas is also very good for the brain.

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

  • Exercise has been found to reduce brain cell loss.

  • Getting the proper amount of sleep is known to optimize mental functioning.

  •  Wear helmets when riding bicycles, motorcycles, mopeds, horses, etc., and when playing contact sports like football or rugby.

  • 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.

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

Brain Training Results