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Dr. Rob Winningham has partnered with activityconnection.com to bring cutting edge cognitive stimulation materials to their members. Here is a sample of what we are producing.
1. Mini Sudokus
2. Mental Rotation
My students and I recently published a paper comparing the MMSE and SLUMs cognitive and dementia screening tools. To download the paper, go to:
Practitioners have long relied upon the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) to quickly assess cognitive functioning in older adults. The Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) exam possesses many potential psychometric advantages, however data on the relationship between scores on the SLUMS and MMSE has yet to be established. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to establish comparative norms between the MMSE and the SLUMS examinations. The current study hypothesized that participants would score lower on the SLUMS than the MMSE, with adults exhibiting higher levels of cognitive reserve, as measured by educational attainment, having a greater difference between the test scores. A total of 118 individuals (96 female, 21 male) with an age range from 41 to 96 (M=80.03, SD=8.71) with an average educational attainment of 14.97 years (SD= 2.68), completed both tests. Results indicate a significant difference between the mean SLUMS and MMSE scores (p<.001), as well as a significant difference between those in assisted and independent living environments (p<.001). The evidence did not support the cognitive reserve hypothesis. Implications and suggestions for future research will be discussed.
Buckingham, Devan N.; Mackor, Katie M.; Miller, Ryan M.; Pullam, Nehala N.; Molloy, Kristoffer N.; Grigsby, Chelsey C.; Kopel, Jesse L.; Graves, Amanda K.; and Winningham, Robert G. (2013) “Comparing the Cognitive Screening Tools: MMSE and SLUMS,” PURE Insights: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/pure/vol2/iss1/3
Demonstrate Your Proficiency by Becoming a Certified Cognitive Stimulation Instructor
The training will help you learn how to best help the older adults you work with. You’ll learn how to:
-Maximize residents’ memory ability
-Decrease residents’ chance of developing dementia
-Improve social support and engagement in the community
-Take advantage of physical exercise program to maximize memory ability
-Motivate residents to engage in activities and programming
-Overcome the effects of depression and apathy in residents
-Manage challenging behaviors in people who have cognitive impairment
After viewing each of the eight instructional videos, health care professionals will be able to take an online test at their own pace. After each test is completed and passed, a certificate of completion will be issued. After all eight tests are successfully completed; a “Certified Cognitive Stimulation Instructor” diploma will be awarded. Thousands of professionals have completed a similar certification course taught by Dr. Winningham and most report it was the most valuable training they have ever experienced.
To learn more, go to: http://www.activityconnection.com/store/cognitivestimulation/