Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory What's Normal, What's Not, and What to Do About It

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-08-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book
About the Stories

Step 1: Learn What is Normal Memory

Chapter 1: Which Memory Errors can Happen to Anyone of Any Age?
Chapter 2: How Does Memory Change in Normal Aging?

Step 2: Determine if Your Memory is Normal

Chapter 3: What Kinds of Memory Problems are not Normal?
Chapter 4: What Should the Doctor do to Evaluate My Memory?
Chapter 5: When are Special Tests and Evaluations Needed?

Step 3: Understand Your Memory Loss

Chapter 6: Will My Memory Get Better? Which Causes of Memory Loss are Reversible?
Chapter 7: What are Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Subjective Cognitive Decline?
Chapter 8: What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Chapter 9: What is Vascular Dementia?
Chapter 10: What Else Could It Be? What are Other Brain Disorders of Aging Affecting Thinking and Memory?

Step 4: Treat Your Memory Loss

Chapter 11: Which Medications Can Help Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease?
Chapter 12: I'm Feeling A Bit Anxious and Depressed by My Memory Loss or My Diagnosis. What Should I Do About These Feelings?

Step 5: Modify Your Lifestyle

Chapter 13: What Foods Should I Eat or Avoid to Help My Memory?
Chapter 14: Can Physical Activity and Exercise Help My Memory?

Step 6: Strengthen Your Memory

Chapter 15: What Can I Do to Strengthen My Memory?
Chapter 16: What Strategies Can I Use to Help My Memory?
Chapter 17: Which Memory Aids are Helpful?

Step 7: Plan Your Future

Chapter 18: Will Changes In My Memory Change My Life?
Chapter 19: Where Do I Go From Here?

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