There is mounting evidence that lifestyle factors, including staying mentally active, can delay memory problems. For this reason, The Buckingham, Houston’s premier retirement community, recently welcomed Dr. Robert Winningham, PhD., to discuss recent research related to the “Use it or lose it” theory of memory and aging. He shared a number of cognitive stimulation interventions that can be used to exercise targeted regions of the brain. Additionally, he discussed the latest research on the effects of physical exercise, nutrition and social support on health and how they can reduce the likelihood of developing memory problems. The take-home message is optimistic and motivating: There are many practical things that all of us can do to maximize our memory abilities.
Winningham has over 20 years of experience working on applied memory issues. He creates brain stimulation activities for thousands of communities and rehabilitation facilities as a part of “Dr. Rob’s Cranium Crunches” on activityconnection.com and helps create cognitive stimulation video games for linkedsenior.com. In addition to being a full professor at Western Oregon University, Winningham is also the Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Former Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Division. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Baylor University, and his Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology from Western Washington University. He trains thousands of professionals through his popular workshops and seminars around the nation. In addition to publishing many scientific articles on memory and aging, he has published two books: “Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood” and “Cranium Crunches: Brain Exercises to Maximize Memory Ability.”
The Buckingham, an SQLC retirement community, is proud to welcome leaders in various fields to present on topics important to residents and seniors throughout the local community. Dr. Winningham’s presentation is yet another reminder of the Masterpiece Living® philosophy that is incorporated throughout the community. The lifestyle encourages continual learning and promotes a healthy outlook in all regards – physical, mental, social and spiritual.