Research

The Serper Method™ is an innovative program of brain exercises designed to improve memory and cognitive capabilities. Incorporating relevant information, the program integrates previous and present knowledge to enhance thinking skills. This unique method works because the exercises are challenging without being frustrating.

In addition to improving memory and thinking skills, the Serper Method™ has been noted to enhance social interactions and feelings of self worth. Practicing the exercises can help you think clearly, remember more, regain self-confidence, converse more easily and feel great.

2009

A study conducted at CJE Senior Life, in Chicago, showed significant improvement in sustained attention, visuo-spatial learning, short-term memory, executive function and mental flexibility with reported increases in social engagement and confidence.

2008

Cognitive Stabilization: Validation of The Serper Method™ was conducted at an assisted living residence in affiliation with Green Hills Hospital in Nashville, TN. Significant results were found for a decrease in depression. The study found a significant decrease in depression scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), and a trend toward an increase in scores on the clock test.

A Cognitive Educator™ reported increased socialization and participation in resident activities for intervention participants halfway through the study. “This is a marked change from their reclusive behavior before participating in The Serper Method™ program,” she said. To her amazement, she added, when they attended a current events program, they brought a pencil and paper so they wouldn’t forget what they learned.

On a personal note, she stated that she is grateful for the strategies she has learned through teaching as a Cognitive Educator™. She uses the new Serper Method™ skills when running other activities.

Friends Fellowship Communities, Inc., a CCRC in Richmond, IN reported increases in mini-mental scores for 11 of the 12 participants in The Serper Method™ over four months.

2007

The Joint Ventures Project was supported by a United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Venture Investment Fund grant to the Council for Jewish Elderly, an agency of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.

Developed by the Council for Jewish Elderly, Joint Ventures stabilizes cognitive functioning for people with early stage memory challenges, and enhances self-efficacy and improves quality of life for them and their caregivers. For people with memory loss, Joint Ventures selected the Serper Method™ Study Group educational program. Cognitive Educators™ were trained by BES on site in Chicago to implement the study program.

Results showed improvement in the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) for more than half of the participants, as well as increases on the Nexade Neuro-psych cognitive measure in focused attention, sustained attention, memory recognition, memory recall and spatial short term memory.

The participants in the study have chosen to continue to use The Serper Method™ in independent Serper Method™ classes.

2005

The BEST (Brain Enhancement Strengthening Treatment) study, a 6-month research study of The Serper Method™, was conducted in affiliation with Boston University School of Medicine and the Bedford, MA Veteran’s Administration. In 1995, the results showed that individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease were able to learn, were able to recall historical information and became more socially engaged and interested in life’s activities.

2004

In October, 2004, Brain Enhancement Services, Inc. (BES), began a pilot of its Serper Method™ Study Group Program at The Atrium in Chelmsford, MA, a facility for patients with memory impairment. The idea was that by using the Serper Method™ in a small group environment, participants affected by memory impairment could refresh and improve not only their knowledge, but also their self-confidence, social abilities and leadership skills.

The pilot program was a huge success. It helped participants realize that they could retain knowledge, and gave them a greater sense of self worth. Staff members, management, and family members also observed patients’ improvement.

These changes translated into participants’ daily living. They could perform their activities of daily living (ADLs) more independently, had improved memories and communication skills, and a more concrete sense of time and place. All of these, in turn, improved their relationships with caregivers and family members. The Serper Method™ Study Group gave participants a deep sense of value, self-confidence, and awareness of their accomplishments.

2002

Dr. Serper was awarded a grant for her Brain Enhancement Strengthening Treatment (BEST) study. The grant, from the Hass Memorial Trust Fund, was awarded to conduct a research study as Co-Investigator with Principal Investigator Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo. The study was affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine and the Bedford VA. It demonstrated that when using The Serper Method™ program, people with Alzheimer’s disease are able to learn, and engage more often in life’s daily activities. Improvements in conversation and interactive skills were also reported.

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