Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What's Normal and What's Not

ISBN : 9780190494957

Andrew E. Budson
312 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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As you age, you may find yourself worrying about your memory. Where did I put those car keys? What time was my appointment? What was her name again? With more than 41 million Americans over the age of 65 in the United States, the question becomes how much (or, perhaps, what type) of memory loss is to be expected as one gets older and what should trigger a visit to the doctor. Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory addresses these key concerns and more, such as...* What are the signs that suggest your memory problems are more than just part of normal aging? * Is it normal to have concerns about your memory? * What are the markers of mild cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative diseases? * How should you convey your memory concerns to your doctor? * What can your doctor do to evaluate your memory? * Which healthcare professional(s) should you see? * What medicines, alternative therapies, diets, and exercises are available to improve your memory? * Can crossword puzzles, computer brain-training games, memory aids, and strategies help strengthen your memory? * What other resources are available when dealing with memory loss? Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory is written in an easy-to-read yet comprehensive style, featuring clinical vignettes and character-based stories that provide real-life examples of how to successfully manage age-related memory loss.


Chapter 1: Is My Memory Normal?
Chapter 2: Will My Memory Get Better? Which Causes of Memory Loss Are Reversible?
Chapter 3: I'm Worried My Memory Isn't Normal. How Do I Get it Checked Out?
Chapter 4: What Should the Doctor Do to Evaluate My Memory?
Chapter 5: What Does It Mean if It Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Chapter 6: What Does It Mean if It Is Dementia?
Chapter 7: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
Chapter 8: What Is Vascular Dementia?
Chapter 9: What Is Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson's Disease Dementia?
Chapter 10: What if It Is Something Else? What Are the Other Causes of Dementia?
Chapter 11: How Can We Treat Memory Loss?
Chapter 12: Can Vitamins, Herbs, and Nutritional Supplements Help?
Chapter 13: I'm Feeling a Bit Anxious and Depressed by My Memory Loss. What Should I
Do About These Feelings?
Chapter 14: What Foods Should I Eat or Avoid to Help My Memory Loss?
Chapter 15: Can Physical Activity and Exercise Help My Memory Loss?
Chapter 16: Are There Mental Exercises or Strategies that Can Help My Memory?
Chapter 17: Do I Need to Stop Working? Can I Still Drive? Do I Need an Attorney? What Do I Tell My Friends and Family?
Chapter 18: Where Can I Get More Help?

About the author: 

Andrew E. Budson, MD, majored in chemistry and philosophy at Haverford College before receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Budson is Professor of Neurology at Boston University, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. His career combines education, research, and clinical care to help those with memory disorders.; Maureen K. O'Connor, PsyD, was educated at Ithaca College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. O'Connor is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University, Director of Neuropsychology at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Member at Large of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Her award-winning research, education, and clinical care focuses on patients with memory disorders.

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