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Nonfiction NotesGrowing OlderAnyone who has ever forgotten their purse, wallet or cell phone and remembered it while stuck in traffic, or struggled to remember the name of a movie they just saw or a person they just met will find help in The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy for Keeping Your Brain Young. Neuroscientist Gary Small says that middle-aged people need to realize that they are "all one day closer to Alzheimer's disease." He gives prescriptive tips for "brain fitness," among them: minimize stress, do puzzles and brainteasers even eat antioxidant fruits and vegetables like prunes and blueberries.
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Aging baby boomers are becoming acutely aware of their own memory lapses. Is each case incipient Alzheimer's or just a benign "senior moment"? The increase in age-related memory impairment has produced a host of new books on preventing (or slowing) memory loss based on the latest scientific knowledge of brain and memory. In Saving Your Brain, Victoroff, director of the neurobehavioral program at Ranchos Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, challenges the theory that Alzheimer's and similar memory disorders are abnormal responses to aging. Instead, he proposes that age-related memory loss may actually be a natural part of aging. Drawing on his clinical experiences and reviews of some 14,000 research studies, his fascinating treatise explores the evolution and function of the human brain and the many things that can damage the delicate balances that enable us to think and function. The author suggests numerous changes that can prevent memory loss and improve brain function: avoiding even minor head injuries and exposure to chemicals (including pesticides and aluminum in drinking water), increasing physical activity, eating a low-fat diet, and keeping mentally sharp with lifelong learning and other mentally challenging activities while avoiding the mind-numbing effects of television. In The Memory Bible, neuroscientist Small, director of UCLA's Memory Clinic and Center on Aging and the author of Parentcare, has compiled an amusing and informative array of self-tests, puzzles, quizzes, and other techniques to enhance memory performance. He also draws upon current scientific advancements in memory and recommends brain-saving lifestyle changes similar to Victoroff's. Small's approach is entertaining yet practical, and the numerous case histories are appealing, but some of his memory-enhancing techniques (like the "peg method" for remembering numerical sequences) seem too cumbersome to be useful. Both titles deserve a place in aging and self-help collections along with Guy McKann and Marilyn Albert's Keep Your Brain Young, which explores the relationship between brain health and physical well-being in later years. Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598599151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598599152
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry and aging at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and directs the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the UCLA Longevity Center. He is one of the world's leading experts on brain science and has published numerous books and articles. Dr. Small has invented the first brain scan that allows doctors to see the physical evidence of brain aging and Alzheimer's disease in living people. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world's top innovators in science and technology, and he frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, PBS, and CNN.

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218 of 226 people found the following review helpful By M KIRK-DUGGAN on July 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's [ALZ] in June, 2001. [See my review of Shenk, "The Forgetting Alzheimer's . ." on Amazon for further details.]
Unlike Shenk, this book is not directed to those of us with diagnosed ALZ, but rather to a broader spectrum of those who realize they have a failing memory, and wish to take steps to buttress and strengthen these facilities. I cannot comment directly on the effectiveness of the LOOK, SNAP, & CONNECT exercise for myself as my ALZ is a progressive regressive disease, with no plateau in prospect.
However, for those who fear that their memory loss is a precursor to ALZ, this book is a godsend. If you can strenghten your memory retention and recall by following the exercises, then you are NOT likely to have diagnosible ALZ.
For those of us with ALZ, this book is a treasure-trove of valuable information, such as the Glossaary, the pharmaceuticals used to deal with ALZ, and the Resources. Chapter 9: "Wise Up About Medicines" was particularly valuable. The subjective and objective tests in Chapter 2 were quite informative to me, a retired University Professor with a Mensa IQ, pre-ALZ, with apparent rapid onset at age 70+!
A very small caveat, Small, who developed the protocols for Aricept [Donepezil] waxes too enthusiastic for the amyloid vaccine which has been, perhaps temorarily, withdrawn from its human trial due to unexpected brain inflamations. The Index is mostly useless, perhaps due to an ignorant publisher: although Small mentions Shenk in the text, neither "The Forgetting" nor Shenk are found in the index nor the Bibliography.
I have already recommended "The Memory Bible" to friends who are worried about their deteriorating memory skills, and they report substantial benefits from LOOK, SNAP, AND CONNECT. [For the record, I scored an 88 on the Subjective Evaluation, and 10% on the Objective Measures. Sigh!]
"Reverse Mike" is the name on my "Safe Return" bracelet. (:<))
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Memory Bible is just what the doctor ordered -- Dr. Gary Small, that is. It should be required reading for anyone over 25 who doesn't want to buy into the myth that memory loss is an inevitable consequence of aging. I like that he begins with a simple memory assessment that lets you focus a program of memory training that fits your needs and lifestyle. He gives practical tips on what you can do to improve your memory now, ranging from a healthy-brain diet to mental aerobics and simple stress-reduction techniques. Dr. Small's fascinating research on early detection of brain aging gives us hope that new discoveries to stave off memory loss and Alzheimer's disease are just around the corner. The sooner we read The Memory Bible and start Small's memory fitness program, the better, because it's a whole lot easier to prevent brain cell damage than reverse it. The book is fun to read and has interesting stories and case studies.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Donald Seigel on July 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's about time! After a string of disappointments from the the self-help section of my local bookstore I've finally found an exception: a book that actually helps. "The Memory Bible" from Dr. Gary Small delivers exactly what it promises: "a strategy to keep your brain young." Dr. Small deftly reduces a lifetime of esoteric research into a straight-ahead, easily-understood, entertaining book that explains the process of how the brain ages and what we can do to slow it down. Unlike most frivolous theories we have grown to expect from self-help books, Dr. Small's offering is rooted firmly in scientific fact and data. This is an educating and enjoyable read that speaks equally to both result-oriented and process-oriented people while delivering that one intangible that ironically we have come not to expect from books of it's kind: Help.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I never expected to like this book so much. It read fast and was pretty funny in parts. It gave me some good tips on how to improve my memory for names, places, numbers, etc. I learned a lot about things to do to protect against Alzheimer's disease and also about new drugs and treatments to help stop memory loss, that are available now or on the way. This is a great book, and I'm glad I read it in my 40's while I still have plenty of time to do stuff to protect my brain.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By stoneshadow on December 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book takes a very clinical approach to memory improvement, obviously because it was written by a doctor. I found this approach to be of little use to me. I feel that my memory is not very good because I simply do not know how to use it very well, not because I am suffering from any physiological problems like Alzheimer's. I found much more useful information from "The Memory Book" because it focused on memory excercises and tricks to improve a person's memory. I am currently reading "Learn to Remember" and I will report back on that when I am done.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goulston on July 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Feeling more forgetful? Making jokes to others about going senile, but inside nervous that it might be true? Wish there was a way to improve your memory that is grounded in reality and science rather than in "airy-fairy" promises from infomercials? Is there someone you care about who is losing their memory and you'd like to help? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, buy, read and use Dr. Small's book, "The Memory Bible." Written by one of the most respected clinicians and scientists in the field of aging, yet written in a way that everyday people will understand, this book will help you to improve your memory and hold onto your memory longer.
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