Brain Health as You Age: A Practical Guide to Maintenance and Prevention

Brain Health as You Age: A Practical Guide to Maintenance and Prevention

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Overview

Have you ever spent 10 minutes looking for your reading glasses, and they were on the top of your head? Or, have you walked into a room and forgotten why you went there? Most people, even younger ones, have had these experiences but when should such instances be something of concern? What are the normal signs of aging? Is there anything you can do to maintain your brain health as you age?

Brain Health as Your Ageprovides useful, achievable actions you can take to reduce your risk of brain function decline, accurate information about identifying problems, and real solutions. The authors offer useful anecdotes and scientifically validated information -- important tools in separating myth from reality. The authors separate fact from fiction to ensure that recommendations are evidence-based, practical, useful, achievable, and measurable.

Written by a world-renowned cognitive specialist, an extraordinary house call physician, and an award-winning author on eldercare issues, this book addresses both normal and abnormal decline and best practices for addressing both. Brain health, cognitive impairment, and mood disorders are serious issues. This book is an accessible starting point for understanding healthy brain aging and when to seek help. It’s never too soon to start preventing cognitive decline, or understanding it once it’s begun, and this book offers the perfect entry point for readers young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538109168
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 313,432
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William E. Mansbach, PhD, is the founder and chief executive officer of Mansbach Health Tools LLC, which supports the BCAT® Research Center. He is also the chief executive officer and president of CounterPoint Health Services, a multidisciplinary behavioral health-care company specializing in geriatrics. For many years, he was the chief operating officer of the largest geriatric behavioral health-care company in the United States specializing in long-term care. Prior to this, he was cofounder and chief executive officer of Comprehensive Geriatric Services, a Maryland-based company providing mental health services to residents in long-term care settings. Mansbach has an international reputation as a researcher, clinician, and consultant in the aging field. He has been a pioneer in the development of memory clinics, and is the creator of the BCAT® system, an integrated approach of cognitive tests, interventions, and dementia prevention programs.
Steven P. Simmons, MD, is a board-certified internist. In 1996 Dr. Simmons was selected by his peers to receive the Dr. Annie Yee Johnson Memorial Award for compassion and professionalism. He spent twelve years working in primary and urgent care at Kaiser Permanente before joining DocTalker in 2008, where he has been spearheading the practice's house call program. He is a member of the American Geriatric Society and the Academy of Home Care Physicians, and he presents frequently on providing medical care to the homebound through house calls.
Jodi Lyons is an eldercare expert who helps older adults and those with special needs find the care they need throughout the country. An ardent patient advocate, Ms. Lyons helps people navigate the complicated, often convoluted system, identify what they need, and learn how to create an action plan. With more than twenty years' experience in the nonprofit health-care arena, she has been a leader in national and international organizations representing health-care and long-term care service providers. She was on the Executive Committee of the Alzheimer's Association/National Capital Area and an Alzheimer's Association Ambassador to Capitol Hill. Lyons is a writer for and industry advisor to Telemedicine Magazine. She also wrote the award-winning book The Smart Person's Guide to Eldercare to empower and educate consumers, to make sense of a complex system, and to highlight some of the humor that can be found even in the most challenging times as we grow older.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Do We Care About Brain Health?
Chapter 2: What Is Your Brain, and How Does It Work?
Chapter 3: The Aging Brain: What's Normal, What's Not
Chapter 4: Warning Signs That Something Is Not Right
Chapter 5: Delirium
Chapter 6: Sudden Confusion: A Case Example of Delirium
Chapter 7: Defining the Dementing Diseases
Chapter 8: Other Insults to the Brain
Chapter 9: Lowering Your Risk for Cognitive Decline and Dementia
Chapter 10: Examples of Specific Cognitive Exercises to Lower Your Risk
Chapter 11: Managing Expectations
Chapter 12: Sexuality in Normal Aging and Dementia
Chapter 13: Practical Advice for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers
Chapter 14: Advice in the Case of Stroke or Other Sudden Onset Cognitive Problems
Chapter 15: Caregiver Survival Guide
Chapter 16: Tales from the Other Side of the Bed: A Patient's Perspective

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RLarl More than 1 year ago
This volume is a must-read basic resource for aging baby boomers concerned about their future, current caregivers, and those who anticipate possible care-giving. It’s the best book I’ve seen on the topic. I wish I had it at my fingertips when I began managing care for a family member several years ago. I've purchased two copies, one for myself and one for an acquaintance who I'm sure will find it useful. The book will be especially useful for families dealing with brain impairments but whose medical advisers and care providers don’t have the authors’ remarkable communication skills and mix of professional geriatric, psychology, and care advising and management backgrounds. Throughout, the book uses clear down to earth language that covers core issues in a clever and engaging fashion without being too cute.