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Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory (Harvard Medical School Guides) Paperback – April 13, 2005
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From a leading expert at one of the world's most respected medical schools--a complete program for achieving optimal memory, for life!
Ever find yourself walking into a room and forgetting why? Having trouble remembering that pesky password or your siblings' birthdays? Don't panic. Memory lapses like these are common, especially after age forty. But memory loss isn't inevitable or irreversible. You can achieve optimal memory at any age--and this book shows you how.
Dr. Aaron P. Nelson, a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty and a clinical neuropsychologist, has helped thousands of patients with memory and other cognitive problems. In his easy-to-understand guide you'll find:
- How to know if you've got a problem and how to have it evaluated
- How factors such as smoking, poor nutrition, and a sedentary lifestyle can hurt your memory
- A complete memory-optimizing program, including mental exercises, nutrition, tips for remembering important things, and more
- Current and future treatment options for serious memory impairment
About the Harvard Medical School health guide series
Each book from Harvard Medical School gives you the knowledge you need to understand and take control of your health. In every book, a world-renowned expert from Harvard Medical School provides you with the latest information on diagnosis, traditional and alternative treatments, home remedies, and lifestyle changes that can make a powerful difference in your health.
About the Author
Aaron P. Nelson, Ph.D., is Chief of Neuropsychology, Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Susan Gilbert is a medical journalist who writes for the New York Times and other publications.
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However, the author explains there are two schools of thoughts. Some neurologists view memory deterioration on a continuum directly related to age. These view Dementia and Alzheimer's as almost inevitable if we were to live an extremely long life. A supporting statistic is that 47% of individuals 85 years or older do have Alzheimer's. Other neurologists do differentiate between normal aging and disease. They don't view Alzheimer's as inevitable.
The author advances many steps you can take to preserve your memory. Most of those are lifestyle driven to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system (eat fresh produce, avoid saturated and trans fats, take vitamin supplements, do lots of aerobic exercise). Indeed, what is good for the heart is very good for the brain. Brain fitness depends greatly on how well it is irrigated by blood vessels. The author also mentions behavioral steps to preserve memory. Those include becoming an active lifelong learner, remaining engaged in hobbies and community. He also mentions steps to improve your memory including using a PDA to log in daily schedule and using mnemonic techniques to remember grocery lists.
The book also reveals not so well known info. He shares a very long list of prescription drugs that do affect cognitive function. He also indicates that heart surgery, cancer, and cancer treatments can impact memory. He also indicates that vitamins C & E combined are as effective as prescription drugs in lowering the risk and managing early symptoms of Alzheimer's.Read more ›
any age. The authors describe the following:
- how to control hypertension
- the benefits of a formal exercise program
- reducing alcohol to enhance memory
- optimal sleep
- managing stress
- Vitamins B and C and their role in memory management
- reduction of medications as a condition precedent to mental
This book contains important discussions on how to avoid or reduce classic Alzheimer and dementia-like scenarios in the later years. The volume is worth the price charged for the value of
the information contained. This book has optimal medicinal
and alternative medicine approaches to the subject of memory
management in mid-life and beyond.
And best of luck to everyone battling -- or watching a loved one battle -- this cruel and awful disease. Bless you all.
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This book is almost new and cost me only a penny plus S/H. Who could ask for anything more?Published 2 months ago by Terry Rudy
I am a teacher and aging adult so all of this information was incredibly helpful. It helped me better understand the process of retaining information and memory. Thanks!Published on September 26, 2013 by J. Sedustine
Just exercise get you vitamins and thats all they know about memory this book was a waste of time and moneyPublished on April 18, 2013 by Joseph Widlan
I dont think genetics have anything to do with who you are unless you are ill. I am a sucessful black executive and considere myself to be very smart at least that is a requirement... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by cerebro
My question about aluminum is why I got the book. Now that I have my answer, the book is on my shelf for a good reference. I trust the Harvard Medical School.Published on August 10, 2010 by HJB