Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia: A Life Course Approach

Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia: A Life Course Approach

by Lawrence Whalley

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Overview

The life course method compares an individual's long-life and late-life behaviors to gauge one's mental decay. Arguing the life course approach is the best and simplest model for tracking mental development, Lawrence J. Whalley unlocks the mysteries of brain functionality, illuminating the processes that affect the brain during aging, the causes behind these changes, and effective coping strategies. Whalley identifies the genetic factors that determine the pace of aging and the behaviors, starting in childhood, that influence how we age. Through vignettes, charts, and tables, he composes an accessible book for patients, family members, and caretakers struggling to make sense of a complex experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231536370
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Lawrence J. Whalley is emeritus professor of mental health in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Aberdeen and honorary professor of research at the University of the Highlands and Islands. He is the author of three books on brain aging and dementia, including The Aging Brain and Dementia.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Prologue
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. The Life Course Approach
3. The Well-Connected Brain
4. Aging, Evolution, and the Brain
5. The Aging Brain
6. The Biology of the Dementias
7. The Disconnected Mind
8. Emotional Aging
9. Dementia Syndromes
10. Dementia Risk Reduction, 1: Concepts, Reserve, and Early Life Opportunities
11. Dementia Risk Reduction, 2: Midlife Opportunities to Delay Dementia Onset
12. Dementia Risk Reduction, 3: Multidomain Approaches
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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