By Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
Acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a full of life trip to give an explanation for what occurs to reminiscence and a focus in center age. a person older than 40 understands that forgetfulness should be unnerving, difficult, and occasionally terrifying. With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin units out to find what midlife forgetfulness is all about—from the views of body structure, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her look for solutions to questions on her personal unreliable reminiscence, she explores the standards that be certain how well—or poorly—one's mind will age. She consults specialists within the fields of sleep, tension, demanding mind damage, hormones, genetics, and dementia, in addition to experts in nutrients, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning box of drug-based cognitive enhancement. The panorama of the midlife mind isn't what you could imagine, and to appreciate its strengths and weaknesses seems to be tips on how to cope. A groundbreaking paintings that represents the simplest of narrative nonfiction, it is a well timed, hugely readable, and much-needed ebook for a person whose reminiscence isn't what it was.
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At the worst possible moment—in the middle of a business trip, with not a minute to spare—my ATM password goes AWOL. Words I know how to spell play games with me, and source memory—the ability to recall who said what to whom (and where)—goes on a brief vacation. When that industrial-grade garage door slams shut in your mind, the only thing to do is to wait patiently until your brain is ready to do business. “What I experience,” notes Karen, a grant writer, “is a momentary total blank. It happens most with abstract ideas, which don’t have a lot of ready replacements.
Recent studies demonstrate that midlife is the time to act: to consider your diet, control your weight and blood sugar, amend your sleeping habits, increase your aerobic ﬁtness, attend to your stress level and—most crucially— assure that your brain gets the right kind of exercise. These practices will go a long way toward making sure you take the right fork in the road, reaching old age with the bulk of your marbles intact. 10 GLI TC H E S, GA P S A ND GA F F E S • • • The Memory-Hungry Crowd Speaks Candidly About Screwing Up ccasionally, I encounter someone who, despite the chronological onset of middle age, proudly claims to possess a memory like a steel trap.
The name of 12 Glitches, Gaps and Gaffes someone I know well is a complete mystery to me, or I forget the very thing I just swore to my husband I’d do. I’m always relieved when someone else slips up in my presence. ” AT WORK AND AT HOME When I asked people whether they were more concerned about memory lapses at work or at home, most reported that there were unlimited opportunities for foul-ups in both places, not to mention those that emerged in the work-home transition, where some real doozies occur.
Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin