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The Practical Memory Institute
Helping to Maintain Memory Fitness & Reduce Memory Loss

The Practical Memory Institute (PMI) has developed the Attention Workout program with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health.

“Beginning in 2011, the Baby Boomer generation will begin turning age 65. They will cross this threshold at a rate of 11,520 per day, every day - for the next 18 years - and will eventually number 78 million senior Americans.

Knowing they may live longer than their aging parents, this generation is actively looking for proven strategies to maintain independent living for a longer period of their life. For that, they will need to improve their memory fitness for optimum cognitive vitality.

They will also need to minimize their risks of memory decline due to normal age - related memory loss and cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer's. It is to meet these needs that the Practical Memory Institute was established.

The Attention Workout Program is just one of many programs initiated to address this growing need - providing a broad range of services for older adults and the cognitively impaired.”

Douglas Herrmann, Ph.D., Executive Director

The Practical Memory Institute's Professional Board:

Established in 1995, the Practical Memory Institute's Scientific Board includes leading research and clinical psychologists with wide experience and interests. PMI has also established a worldwide network of researchers, clinicians, and academicians experienced in practical memory performance, adding significantly to its research, educational, and product development activities.

Douglas Herrmann, Ph.D. - PMI Executive Director and Co-founder, is an internationally known researcher in memory and cognition with over 40 years as a research psychologist and professor. He has published over 90 peer reviewed scientific articles, over 30 chapters in edited books, and over 20 books on memory and cognition, including investigations that focus on age and memory such as SuperMemory II. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, he has served as the Chair of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. He has been an active participant in the development of NIH sponsored, science-based human memory skills products resulting in the innovative Memory Works® CD-ROM series, produced through research funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants.

George Rebok, Ph.D. - PMI's Director for Aging and Memory, has over 25 years of experience in research on cognition and developmental neuropsychology, preventive interventions, and gerontology. He is currently a Principal Investigator for Project ACTIVE, a long-term multi-site NIH funded study of the effects of cognitive intervention on everyday aging. Dr. Rebok has published more than 130 peer reviewed articles and book chapters based on his research objectives which include: identification of early risk and protective factors on later life cognitive health and daily function; prevention of age-related cognitive decline, memory loss, depression, and disability; study of the short- and long-term outcomes of cognitive intervention trials with normal and impaired older adults. Dr. Rebok is on the Editorial Board of Cognitive Technology and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Institute for the Study of Aging in New York. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society and the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Rebok is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University and holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

J. Preston Harley, Ph.D. - PMI's Director for Clinical Neuropsychology, is a nationally recognized clinical neuropsychologist with nearly 30 years of contributions to the evaluation and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. A Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and Member of the International Neuropsychological Society, he is also a member of the Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology divisions of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Harley serves as a Surveyor for the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Rick Parente', Ph.D. - PMI's Director for Memory Rehabilitation, has practiced cognitive rehabilitation therapy for over 20 years. His research and theory interests include particular emphasis on cognitive skills training for brain injured clients. Since1986, he has served as Neuropsychological Consultant at the Maryland Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Parente' is an active advisory board member of the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation. He has published three books on cognitive rehabilitation, including Retraining Cognition with Dr. Herrmann and over 50 journal articles on the topic of brain injury rehabilitation. He serves as an Associate Editor for PMI's journal, Cognitive Technology. Dr. Parente' is Professor of Psychology at Towson University in Maryland and adjunct professor of Physiology at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Joan Toglia, Ph.D. - OTR/L, PMI's Director for Deficit Awareness Research, has over 20 years of clinical experience in acquired brain injury awareness. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has authored over 30 articles and book chapters in issues related to successful cognitive rehabilitation and return to productive living. Dr. Toglia is Associate Professor and Director, Occupational Therapy Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY and Professional Associate of Rehabilitation Medicine at Cornell Medical Center's New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is an internationally recognized Lecturer of Rehabilitation Medicine, Cornell University Medical College in NY City.

James O. Hill, Ph.D. - PMI's Director for Lifestyle Research, is one of America's foremost experts in weight management. He has published over 250 scientific articles and book chapters and lectures widely about weight management. His research involves the study of lifestyle factors - like diet and physical activity - that affect body weight regulation during over 25 years of researching the causes of weight gain and obesity and how to prevent or treat these problems. Dr. Hill is the recipient of a prestigious NIH MERIT award and the 2004 Centrum Center Award from the American Society of Nutritional Sciences. He is co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, which follows over 3000 people who have lost weight and kept it off permanently. He helped develop the NIH Guidelines for Management of Overweight and Obesity and was chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity. He is Editor-in-Chief of Obesity Management and the author of the Step Diet Book. Dr. Hill, Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, is a member of the editorial boards of Obesity Research, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and The International Journal of Obesity.