The Memory Cure : How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease

The Memory Cure : How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease

Majid Fotuhi

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 007143366X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"Credentials don't come much loftier than Fotuhi's."

--Washington Post

"The book is a message of hope and reassurance for laymen, especially aging members of the baby-boom generation alarmed by all the attention being paid to Alzheimer's and imagining worst-case scenarios for themselves."

--Washington Times

Dr. Majid Fotuhi, one of the world's foremost experts in the field of Alzheimer's Disease and brain function, outlines a highly effective plan to guard against memory loss.

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shoelaces. She may lose hand coordination for sewing, cooking, or gardening. Later in the disease, she may even lose her ability to walk, and have frequent falls. 4. Difficulty with recognizing familiar faces and places. A grandfather with dementia may not recognize his own children or grandchildren. He may not even recognize the difference between salt and pepper. He might walk past his own house and not realize that he has lived there for decades. 5. Difficulty with "executive" functions.

some slowing in the process of the absorption of vitamins in the gastrointestinal tract. Older individuals (especially those above seventy or eighty) may absorb only part of the vitamins they eat in their diet. Some people, especially women, lack the protein in the stomach that ordinarily helps with the absorption process. This usually happens due to an immunological disease that may occur along with low thyroid levels. Other people may simply not eat enough vitamin-rich vegetables. A simple

may be more prone to develop memory loss. Some scientists believe that head trauma may directly increase the amount of amyloid plaques in the brain. John Trojanowski, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania performed an experiment on mice to test this hypothesis.46 They anesthetized a group of genetically engineered mice that usually develop Alzheimer's plaques in their brains when they get older. They discovered that mice who had two traumatic brain injuries had four-to

against dementia was established for twenty years, discoveries in the last two years show that a diverse set of leisure, productive, or social activities can also help ward off Alzheimer's disease. Those who participate in interesting and fun group engagements seem to preserve their mental capabilities better in their last decades of life than those with a habit of staying home and passively watching television.15 Yaakov Stern, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Columbia University College of

nurse. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease the previous year, and since then she had become more conscious of the fact that she was forgetting names. In addition, her husband had just had a heart attack. Mrs. Johnson was forced to quit her job to take care of her mother and her husband. She was overwhelmed and gradually found it difficult to cope with all her responsibilities. Her memory also seemed to fail her more often. Convinced she had Alzheimer's disease, she decided to come

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