Memory training

Center for memory training

Why memory training?
The brain is an organ that can be kept fit and trained with exercises, similar to training a muscle. With increasing age memory performance decreases, making it more difficult perform certain tasks or remember things.

To counteract emerging deficits of memory, it is recommended to conduct regular performance check-ups after the age of 55. A dwindling memory capacity is not necessarily a sign of a possible serious illness: the reduced brain performance can often be attributed to a symptom of depression, which is treatable and should be treated as soon as possible.
Where to draw the line between forgetfulness and memory disorders
It is considered normal to misplace house keys from time to time; but if someone places their keys in a refrigerator or other nonsensical places and this occurrence has happened more than once, it should not simply be disregarded. Common first signs of memory problems are difficulties in finding words or being unable to recognize familiar objects, people or places. If several cognitive functions, such as memory and orientation, deteriorate over the course of six months, individuals should consult a physician or the Center for Memory Training.

What is a memory disorder?
In medical terminology a serious memory disorder is classified under the category of dementia. ‘Dementia’ derives from the Latin word ‘dementia’ and means ‘without mind’, but today, the term is used for a group of diseases. The affected people gradually loose important functions of the brain: memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, computation, learning abilities, language and judgment. Consciousness, however, is not affected. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia with about two-thirds of all cases. The probability of developing dementia is approximately 10% in Austrians over age 65.

Can it be prevented?
There is evidence that the brain has a certain ‘reserve’ in people who lead a mentally and socially active life. Therefore, accumulated knowledge can still be helpful for a long time, even though the skills for learning, thinking and combining gradually disappear.

Is a memory disorder treatable?
No. To date, science has not found any substance that could suppress, cure or prevent a memory related disorder. This will not change as long as the internal brain processes responsible for the destruction of nerve cells, causing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are not fully understood.

The best treatment for a person suffering from memory disorders is composed of three steps:
First, an early diagnosis and individual treatment plan; second, ongoing training of the remaining mental abilities, feelings, memories and motor skills through appropriate interventions; as well as adjusted treatment with available medication.

To remain mentally fit, start early!

1st step: The annual preventative memory check-up
2nd step: Active participation in a memory program

*Standardized, scientific tests are used to determine the actual state of memory performance
*Individually-tailored training and treatment program is applied
*Consultation in optimizing the individual lifestyle to improve quality of life
*In the case of an existing memory disorder, interdisciplinary supervision in cooperation with specialists is offered

The memory check-up takes about two hours at a one-time cost of € 90,-.
Pre-registration is possible via 0699 15053186!

What is offered?
– Daily training from home via the internet
– Joining weekly memory training sessions (cost: € 15,- for 90 minute training program)
– Profit from group conversations (cost: € 15,-)
– We also offer individual therapy (by appointment)

Contact us:
Center for memory training
Tel.: 0699 15053186
Email: gedaechtnis@sfu.ac.at
Contact person and manager of the group:
Ali Ilbegi
Tel.: +43 69913661234