Dealing with Memory Changes as You Grow Older

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The first book to repond directly to the concerns of aging and its effect on memory. The informative, practical text offers essential reassurances and coping skills for both older adults and those who love them.

A wise and reassuring guide to memory maintenance for senior citizens, their families and friends.

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Overview

The first book to repond directly to the concerns of aging and its effect on memory. The informative, practical text offers essential reassurances and coping skills for both older adults and those who love them.

A wise and reassuring guide to memory maintenance for senior citizens, their families and friends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553345971
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1988
  • Edition description: Bantam ed
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part I. Understanding How Memory Works
I. You and Your Memory 1
How Memory Serves Us
What This Handbook Is About
Pinpointing Your Difficulties in Forgetting
Feelings and Forgetting
Registering, Retaining, Retrieving
II. Take Note!--Registering 17
Attitude
Interest
Attention--Using Your Senses
Organizing
Registering--Summary
III. Storing Your Files--Retaining 27
What Is Short-Term Memory?
How Does Short-Term Memory Work?
What Is Long-Term Memory?
How Does Long-Term Memory Work?
General Knowledge Memory and Personal Experience Memory
Retaining--Summary
IV. Finding the Needle in the Haystack--Retrieving 41
Retrieving
The "Tip of the Tongue" Experience
Recognition
Retrieving--Summary
V. Why We Forget 51
Absentmindedness
A Few Words About Theories of Forgetting: Disuse, Interference, Distortion, Repression
Summary
VI. Am I Losing My Grip? Aging and Memory 57
Introduction
We Are All Individuals
Memory and Energy Levels
Senility and Brain Disorders
Depression and Memory
Intelligence and Aging
Learning and Aging
Part II. Dealing With Memory Changes
VII. Common Practical Strategies for Remembering in Everyday Situations 77
Introduction
Accentuate the Positive
Be Organized: Making Lists, Keeping Appointment Diaries and Calendars
Be Aware/Cockpit Drills
Be Orderly/A Place for Everything/Routines
VIII. Other Strategies for Remembering--Using Mnemonic Techniques 91
Introduction
Method of Loci
Peg Word System
What's in a Name--Remembering Names and Faces
Mnemonic Techniques--Summary
IX. Lifestyle and Memory--Putting it All Together 109
Body, Mind and Spirit
How Does Nutrition Affect Your Memory?
Memory and Recreational Drugs--Alcohol, Tobacco, Coffee and Tea
Medications and Memory
Handling Stress and Tension
Physical Activity and Memory
Self-Worth and Memory
Lifestyle and Memory--Summary
X. Wisdom and Age 131
Wisdom and Spirit/Weaving the Strands of One's Life
Self-Acceptance
Footnotes 137
Selective Bibliography 139
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