Age-Proof Your Mind: Detect, Delay, and Prevent Memory Loss--Before It's Too Late

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Grand Central Publishing, Oct 15, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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Do You Constantly... * Misplace your glasses? * Blank out on the names of close friends? * Waste precious time circling the parking lot to find your "lost" car? If so, you are probably plagued by the lingering question: "Am I just forgetful or am I losing my mind?" You can test your blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol levels. But you, like most aging Americans, have had no way to test your memory-and save your mind from degeneration. Until now. You can detect signs of memory loss or mental deterioration and help slow it down or prevent it-before it's too late-with the revolutionary program in... In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Zaldy S. Tan, director of The Memory Clinic at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School Division on Aging, unveils a proactive plan that takes aim at Alzheimer's and dementia-once thought to be unpreventable-while there is still time. Dr. Tan's unique Memory Stress Test allows you to assess your mental strengths and weaknesses, and his all-new 60-minute brain workout is designed to help you sharpen specific brain functions, from concentration to attention span to recall. Age-Proof your Mind is packed with the latest in cutting-edge research as well as practical tips for keeping your brain healthy. Learn: * How you remember and why you forget * Ten simple steps to a healthier mind * How controlling inflammation can help you prevent memory problems * The role of antioxidants like vitamin E in promoting your mind's health * The latest treatment for Alzheimer's and promising information on a vaccine for this disease * Essential diet, exercise, and stress reduction programs that will help improve your mental fitness.
 

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Contents

DESTINED TO FORGET?
THE SIXTYFIVEMILLIONYEAROLD BRAIN
THE MASTER OF THE MIND
THE AGING BODY AND BRAIN
THE AGING OF THE MIND
THE HARVARD STUDY
THE MINDS COMPONENT PARTS
AGE BE NOT PROUD
EDUCATION AND ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
USE IT OR LOSE IT?
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MENTAL FITNESS
DANCING ALZHEIMERS AWAY
WARDING OFF ALZHEIMERS WITH EXERCISE
THE WOMENS HEALTH INITIATIVE
THE BAD NEWS ON ESTROGEN REPLACEMENT THERAPY

AGELESS OR AGE LESS?
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF MEMORY
THE TWO MEMORY TYPES
THE HUMAN MEMORY AS A FILE CLERK
WHY WE FORGET
WHAT IS MCI?
THE IMPORTANCE OF MCI
RECOGNIZING MCI
THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF MCI
THE PREVENTION OF ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
THE VISITING PROFESSOR
THE DOUBLE EDGE OF OXYGEN
THE OXYGEN SCAVENGERS
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
HOW MUCH E IS ENOUGH?
TO E OR NOT TO E?
INFLAMMATION AND ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
INFLAMMATION AND AGING UNDER A MICROSCOPE
ANTIINFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS TO CURE ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
CAN ANTIINFLAMMATORY MEDICINES PREVENT ALZHEIMERS DISEASE?
LOWCALORIE DIET AND AGING
THE BAD EFFECTS OF OVEREATING
DIETARY FATS AND THE FATTY BRAIN
ALCOHOL AND MEMORY
THE SECRET OF THE NUNS
ALBERT EINSTEINS BRAIN
ESTROGEN AND MEMORY
THE BONEBRAIN LINK
THE PHYTOESTROGENS
THE ESTROGEN BOTTOM LINE
STRESS TEST FOR THE BRAIN
TESTING YOUR MEMORY
TEST YOUR MIND
ORIENTATION
THE SHORT PORTABLE MENTAL STATUS QUESTIONNAIRE SPMSQ
SAVING YOUR MENTAL ABILITIES
REMEMBERING BY VISUALIZATION
REMEMBERING BY ASSOCIATION
THE TASKSPECIFIC MEMORY IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES
THE SIXTYMINUTE BRAIN WORKOUT
THE ROAD TO AN AGEPROOF MIND
THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION STUDY
TEN STEPS TO AN AGEPROOF MIND
STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TREATMENT FOR ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
THE ALZHEIMERS VACCINE
ALZHEIMERS ENZYME BLOCKERS
NERVE GROWTH STIMULATORS
SELECTED CLINICAL TREATMENT TRIALS FOR ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
CHANGE OF HEART CHANGE OF MIND
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Zaldy S. Tan, M.D., M.P.H., lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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