Health Care

Flexing Your Memory: A brain wellness bootcamp

Alzheimer’s Disease affects up to 10% of North Americans over the age of 65. While there are several medications which can temporarily improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, there is still no intervention that unequivocally slows down the disease process once it has taken effect.

As such, research and clinical practice has recently been focused on efforts to either prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer disease by studying the potentially modifiable risks for Alzheimer’s disease, including medical, nutritional and psychosocial factors.  While some changes in memory are common as we age, there are ways to maintain and promote cognitive health.

This learning event is geared for healthy adults and older individuals who may have concerns about their memory and/or wish to optimize their memory functioning.

The following topics will be discussed during the learning event:

  • how human memory works and what can impair it;
  • specific techniques and strategies for memory enhancement;
  • lifestyle factors that affect memory performance.

 A question period will follow the presentation.

  1. Dr. Rachel Goodman is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than more than 20 years of experience in providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment to a variety of populations. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from St. John’s University in New York. She later held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she specialized in the areas of memory, neuropsychological assessment, caregiver stress, and trauma. She was on the faculty of Mount Sinai’s Memory Enhancement Program where she taught classes and lectured publicly on the topic of memory wellness. In Montreal since 2003, Dr. Goodman maintains a private practice in which she conducts evaluations, provides individual cognitive behavior therapy, and teaches memory wellness and stress management seminars, among other topics. Dr. Goodman has been a staff member of the JGH’s Alzheimer’s Risk Assessment Clinic (ARAC) for the past 5 years.