Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults

Late life is characterized by great diversity in memory and other cognitive functions. Although a substantial proportion of older adults suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, a majority retain a high level of cognitive skills throughout the life span. Identifying factors that sustain and enhance cognitive well-being is a growing area of original and translational research.


Dr. Hartman-Stein is a nationally recognized healthcare consultant, educator, journalist. and clinical psychologist who specializes in working with older adults and late life families. Her undergraduate work is from the University of Pittsburgh and she completed graduate degrees from West Virginia University and Kent State University. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in settings ranging from acute care hospitals, primary care and long term cae settings as well as in the private practice she founded 21 years ago, the Center for Healthy Aging.

She is an inspiring, motivating speaker who has addressed health care professionals and lay audiences from Ohio to Australia on topics such as the following:

Mental health needs of the Baby Boomer to the Centenarian

Cognitive fitness approaches: What does the evidence show and what is promising to delay dementia?

Narrative self-care for the healthcare professional: The Power of Reflective Writing to Heal the Healer

Documenting Quality for behavioral health providers: Basics of PQRS

Improving quality, new technology and entrepreneurship to promote healthy aging: Time to build a Tesla

Narrative Gerontology: A Conscious Aging Writing Workshop to guide others to understand their life’s journey.

To book a speaking engagement, contact Dr. Hartman-Stein through her email, paula@centerforhealthyaging.com


Medicare correspondent for The National Psychologist Dr. Hartman-Stein has published articles on Medicare and managed care audits since 2002. Click here for links to several of them.

Read Dr. Paula’s Vita


Read Dr. Hartman-Stein’s latest National Psychologist article:

“CMS medication policy creates opportunities for psychologists”

To read the whole article, click here.


Achieve Success with PQRS:

A Psychologist’s Guide for Mastering the Measures in 2015


Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. has now updated her prior training packages for the Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to include the changes for 2015!

Click here for more info


Read the July/August 2014 NP article: “Commercial insurers actively reviewing patient records for ‘waste.’”
Click here to read other National Psychologist articles on audit triggers, PQRS, and other Medicare information for mental health.
Cost of 68 minute compliance training DVD and attestation certificate:
$197 including postage and handling
Please allow 2 weeks for delivery


Produced by the Center for Healthy Aging, Kent, Ohio, 2014

Reflective Writing
Next date Thursday afternoon October 1, 2015, 3:00-5:30 p.m. Click here for more info.

Dr. Hartman-Stein conducts writing workshops for professionals and the public. She also leads Training the Trainer Writing Workshops: Leading Them for Community or Professional Groups
She has worked with adults of all ages in natural, academic, and community settings. If you would like to book her to lead a workshop or train professionals to lead them, please call 330-678-9210.


To read pieces of writing and to watch a video from previous nature programs, click here.

An example of writing from Rob Stein, a participant in the “Reflecting on Nature” Writing Workshop: “We meet again, sturdy oak. You are a welcome sight. We both have endured the last several months of rain, wind, snow, and man. I admire your sense of purpose, your straight uncomplicated meaning, the feeling of strength you convey, yet so approachable, comforting, and demanding nothing of me.
Your uncomplicated presence brings me peace, a sense that I need to be more like you – less excuses, open, exposed, an honest presence, standing straight, being there for those who choose to be near – yet willing to protect those who are not, not boasting, but demonstrating strength by simply being.”


Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults
is included in Books of Interest in the Human Values in Aging Newsletter,
AARP Office of Academic Affairs, April, 2013

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“This book was designed for the clinician wanting to develop interventions/programs for their patients or local aging community … . an essential read for those interested in setting up interventions for combating cognitive decline in the elderly. … there is a wealth of experience and creativity in these chapters that will only help to sharpen the ideas one may have for his/her own clinic, evening course for the community, or research program.” (Melanie C. Greenaway, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Vol. 19 (1), 2013)

“This book discusses how to enhance cognitive flexibility in older adults using a wellness-support approach. … The audience includes clinical, health, and neuropsychologists, primary care physicians (geriatricians, internists, family physicians), and clinical social workers. … This practical book offers many different ideas for enhancing cognitive fitness in adults, including programming in retirement centers, spelling clubs, physical activity, nutritional supplements, theatre arts, and volunteer programs. … The book will be extremely helpful for those working with older adults.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, December, 2011)