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IMEP is unique in that it focuses on addressing the mind/body connection of each individual. This approach is based on the principle that the mind and emotions affect physical health and vice versa.
IMEP includes supportive modalities that nourish and sustain the brain and body, such as aromatherapy, brain integration exercises, diaphragmatic breathing, mental agility exercises, guided relaxation, and more.
There are currently many computer-based memory enhancement programs that are fun, challenging, and beneficial, however they do not provide the social support, interaction, and individualized attention that an IMEP classroom session provides.
The well-documented brain benefits of socialization indicating a marked decrease in dementia risk for social seniors substantiates the importance of the social interaction and support of the group dynamic.1
1 Szalavitz, Maia. 02 May 2011. Friends With Benefits: Being Highly Social Cuts Dementia Risk by 70%. Time Online. <http://healthland.time.com/2011/05/02/friends-with-benefits-being-highly-social-cuts-dementia-risk-by-70/>.
Numerous significant landmark studies from highly regarded institutions substantiate not just the effectiveness of memory enhancement programs, but the crucial need for them. Five major studies are listed below in chronological order.
IMEP currently measures program outcomes with the following assessment tools:
There are grants available to subsidize the program. A complete IMEP grant proposal is available upon request. Click here to inquire about an IMEP grant proposal.
IMEP is best conducted utilizing two classrooms, with handicap restrooms nearby. The rooms should be large enough to comfortably seat 10 to 14 people. Rooms should be well-lit and provide ample space to accommodate assistive devices such as walkers and wheelchairs.
One room can be utilized for activities and lunch, and can have the tables arranged in a U shape with the white board in front. A side table for refreshments and supplies can be set up in the back of the room.
The other room can be used for chair exercise and guided relaxation and should have a TV with a DVD player and a CD player. Chairs can be arranged in a circle for guided relaxation, and arranged in front of the TV for chair exercise.
The most effective way to present IMEP is to have two facilitators working together. While one facilitator is leading the class, the other facilitator can help out by writing on the board, assisting participants, making any necessary phone calls, or attending to other tasks that require attention.
Trained volunteers help make IMEP run more smoothly, by providing assistance with beverages, snacks and lunch, and with participants needing extra assistance.
Hiring a facilitator with experience in teaching, group facilitation, and /or activity preparation is ideal. Knowledge of dementia and Alzheimer’s, along with a medical background, is also beneficial.
The following qualities are important to consider when choosing a facilitator:
IMEP provides two days of interactive training at the Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center in Ponte Vedra, Florida. (Travel costs are not included). Trainees will be provided with the IMEP Facilitator Training Manual and access to training podcasts.
The weekly program content can be downloaded and printed from the IMEP website.
Ongoing support is provided by the IMEP management team. We are only a phone call or email away and available to answer any IMEP questions that might arise.
IMEP activities and exercises work best in a class size of 10 to 12 participants. This allows for group interaction, individualized attention from facilitators, and an opportunity for participants to connect socially & form meaningful relationships.
IMEP is an ongoing program with no start and stop date.