Acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a lively journey to explain what happens to memory and attention in middle age.
Anyone older than 40 knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying. With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin sets out to discover what midlife forgetfulness is all about, from the perspectives of physiology, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her search for answers to questions about her own unreliable memory, she explores the factors that determine how well or poorly one's brain will age. She consults experts in the fields of sleep, stress, traumatic brain injury, hormones, genetics, and dementia, as well as specialists in nutrition, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning field of drug-based cognitive enhancement. The landscape of the midlife brain is not what you might think, and to understand its strengths and weaknesses turns out to be the best way to cope.
A groundbreaking work that represents the best of narrative nonfiction, this is a timely, highly readable, and much-needed book for anyone whose memory is not what it used to be.
©2007 Cathryn Jakobson Ramin; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"The variety of perspectives and the wealth of scientific information Ramin provides, as well as her warm personal style, will reward readers and may well help them stay mentally sharp. (Publishers Weekly)
For me this read like a book report. She had a good outline, used some examples, a few analogies, and did great research. Grade = A+. However, I think I would have better identified with her humor, and the prominently featured ballroom dancing, menopause, and the touching story of an Alzheimer's patient - if I were a 50 year old women. Either way it's a good book worth buying.
I am in my mid seventys and I have a problem. My wife and I seam to have the worst case of forgetting things. I have been in fear that we both were on the path to that terrable disease and this book layed to rest these fears. I have had to hear the book twice to understand most of the materal.
This author is kindof crazy... subjecting herself to all sorts of treatments, diets, programs, and medical exams in order to answer the question, "what causes middle-aged memory loss, and what can we do about it?"
At 28, I'm not exactly middle aged, but I came out of the book with helpful tips to begin following right now for optimum brain health down the road. It's hardly a boring how-to book, though. Full of dialogue, anecdotes, research data and more, it's a fun read.
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I thought I would really like this book, but the narrator just seemed whiney. See seeks numerous opinions as to her memory loss and after a while, well, I just got tired of hearing it. This is the first time I have ever gotten into my car and said to myself "I can't wait to see what this lady will whine about this time." You might ask why have I stuck it out this far? (I have two hours left). It's because I hate to give up on anything.
I got bogged down in the many, MANY anecdotes of peoples' memory lapses, and ended up not finishing the book. I was looking for a cut-to-the-chase scientific review of current treatments and research, and couldn't wade through all of those little vignettes.
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