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

Andrew E. Budson and Maureen K. O’Connor. Oxford Univ., $27.95 (312p) ISBN 978-0-19-049495-7
Budson and O’Connor, a neurologist and neuropsychologist, respectively, present an informative and accessible discussion of memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other mental-health concerns. Readers can flip straight to the sections relevant to them to access the science and medical information, or they can read fictionalized case studies. The book is divided into seven parts, one for each step in the authors’ program. In “Step One,” Budson and O’Connor investigate memory errors that can occur at any age and explain how memory changes with normal aging. “Step Four” digs into treatment and medications. In addition to brain science, the authors provide practical advice and strategies: for instance, brainteasers and crosswords may be enjoyable, the authors observe, but they won’t ward off memory loss; on the other hand, exercise, social interaction, and lifestyle changes (e.g., the Mediterranean diet) are proven ways brain health can be enhanced. This primer will be useful to middle-aged and elderly readers, caregivers, family members, healthcare professionals, and others striving to understand the aging brain or find concrete ways to enhance brain health. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2017
Release date: 07/01/2017
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 344 pages - 978-0-19-008867-5
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