The Memory Program by D. P. Devanand, M.D.

“Memory Program that the reader can utilize on a day-to-day basis. When pertinent, I describe the stories of interesting patients (identities disguised) as well as other anecdotes to illustrate the rationale behind specific components of the Memory Program.

This book is meant for people who have a normal memory and wish to prevent memory loss as they grow older, as well as for people (including perhaps your parents and other loved ones) who already suffer from mild memory loss and wish to prevent further decline. This book is not meant for people with severe memory loss or dementia, for which other books are readily available.

After the introduction, the book is divided into five parts. In the first part, The Basics of Memory, you will learn how to evaluate your memory using simple tests, how memory works in the brain, and how aging affects this process. In the second part, Start the Memory Program, the various elements in the Memory Program are introduced, and a diet and exercise plan is described.

This section ends with a detailed description of specific memory training techniques. In the third part, Prevent and Treat Common Causes of Memory Loss, the focus is on depression, alcohol abuse, hormonal and nutritional problems, and a number of other reversible factors that commonly cause memory loss.

This is an important part of the book, because having a reversible cause that is left undiagnosed and untreated could result in a tragedy. In the penultimate section, Medications That Prevent and Treat Memory Loss, alternative (usually natural substances), over-the-counter, and prescription medications to treat memory loss are comprehensively reviewed, both from a research and clinical perspective.

This provides a stepping-stone to the final part, Putting It All Together, where the Memory Program is described in great detail, utilizing all the elements that have been developed in earlier chapters.

The generic memory program is followed by a section that individualizes the program for people in specific categories, for example, women who are forty to fifty-nine years old with no memory loss, men who are sixty years or older with mild memory loss, etc.”

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