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Carved in Sand When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife

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ISBN-10: 0060598697

ISBN-13: 9780060598693

Edition: 2006

Authors: Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, Cathryn J. Ramin

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Why can't you remember where you put your keys? Or the title of the movie you saw last week? Or the name of your favorite restaurant? Acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a lively journey to explain what happens to memory and attention in middle age. Along the way, she turns up fresh scientific findings, explores the dark regions of the human brain, and hears the intimate confessions of high-functioning midlife adults who-like you-want to understand exactly what's going on upstairs. Anyone older than forty knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying. With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin sets out to discover what…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/3/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, a journalist for the past twenty-five years, has been published in the New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; New York magazine; and the Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. She lives in Northern California.

Preface: Most Precious Possession
Your Unreliable Brain: Midlife Forgetfulness Is Embarrassing and Frustrating, but What Does It Mean for the Future?
Glitches, Gaps and Gaffes: The Memory-Hungry Crowd Speaks Candidly About Screwing Up
Frontal-Lobe Overload: "Too Much Information" Is Just One of the Reasons You Feel Like You're Drowning
Blocking, Blanking and Begging for Mercy: Why Words and Thoughts Flee Without Warning
Into the Doughnut Hole: What a Brain Scan Can (and Cannot) Tell You About What's Going on Upstairs
Swallow This: The Feeding of a Midlife Brain: Essential Fatty Acids, Omega-3s, Vitamins, Supplements and Plenty of Glucose
Mental Aerobics: From Tedious to Addictive: Options for Exercising Your Neurons
Bathing in Battery Acid: Elevated Cortisol Associated with Chronic Stress Is No Friend to Your Hippocampus
Yearning for Estrogen: Rejecting Hormone Therapy Could Leave Your Neurons in the Lurch
The Vulnerable Brain: The Repercussions of Concussions You Never Knew You Had
Cosmetic Neurology: The Potential for Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement Is Vast and Possibly Irresistible
Meditation and Neurofeedback: Going in for a Tune-up: Why Tinkering with Brain Waves Can Improve Attention
I'll Sleep When Im Dead: Sacrifice Your Slumber and You'll Perform as Well as if You've Had a Few Stiff Drinks
Recreational Drugs, Alcohol and Other Neurotoxins: The Cognitive Consequences of What You Smoke, Drink, Eat and Breathe
What Your Doctor Forgot to Tell You: Prescription Drugs and "Safe" Over-the-Counter Meds May Account for Your Fogginess
The Last Place You Look: Thyroid Low? Blood Pressure High? A Host of Common Midlife Disorders Pack a Cognitive Wallop
Staring Into the Eye of the Tiger: Deep in the Grip of Alzheimer's Disease at the Age of Sixty, Joanna Graciously Invites Us into Her World
Do You Really Want to Know?: As Opportunities for Early Assessment and Intervention Become Available, Will You Embrace Them?
Emerging Triumphant: How to Stockpile Neurons: The Habits of the Cognitively Well-Endowed
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Resources
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index