Brain Health As You Age : A Practical Guide to Maintenance and Prevention
by Simmons, Steven P.; Mansbach, William E.; Lyons, Jodi L.

1 Why Do We Care about Brain Health?
2 What Is Your Brain, and How Does It Work?
3 The Aging Brain: What's Normal, What's Not
4 Warning Signs That Something Is Not Right
5 Delirium
6 Sudden Confusion: A Case Example of Delirium
7 Defining the Dementing Diseases
8 Other Insults to the Brain
9 Lowering Your Risk for Cognitive Decline and Dementia
10 Cognitive Exercises to Lower Your Risk
11 Managing Expectations
12 Sexuality in Normal Aging and Dementia
13 Practical Advice for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers
14 Advice in the Case of Stroke or Other Sudden-Onset Cognitive Problems
15 Caregiver Survival Guide: Twenty-Five Helpful Tips
16 Tales from the Other Side of the Bed: A Patient's Perspective
Resources for Further Information177(2)
About the Authors187

While we may expect to live longer, many wonder if their brains will keep up with their bodies. This book looks at typical functions and declines of an aging brain, the signs and symptoms of problems, the available treatments, the financial responsibilities, and the factors that determine what kinds of care people might need as they age.

William E. Mansbach, PhD, is the founder and chief executive officer of Mansbach Health Tools LLC, which supports the BCAT® Research Center. He is also the chief executive officer and president of CounterPoint Health Services, a multidisciplinary behavioral health-care company specializing in geriatrics. For many years, he was the chief operating officer of the largest geriatric behavioral health-care company in the United States specializing in long-term care. Prior to this, he was cofounder and chief executive officer of Comprehensive Geriatric Services, a Maryland-based company providing mental health services to residents in long-term care settings. Mansbach has an international reputation as a researcher, clinician, and consultant in the aging field. He has been a pioneer in the development of memory clinics, and is the creator of the BCAT® system, an integrated approach of cognitive tests, interventions, and dementia prevention programs.

Steven P. Simmons, MD, is a board-certified internist. In 1996 Dr. Simmons was selected by his peers to receive the Dr. Annie Yee Johnson Memorial Award for compassion and professionalism. He spent twelve years working in primary and urgent care at Kaiser Permanente before joining DocTalker in 2008, where he has been spearheading the practice's house call program. He is a member of the American Geriatric Society and the Academy of Home Care Physicians, and he presents frequently on providing medical care to the homebound through house calls.

Jodi Lyons is an eldercare expert who helps older adults and those with special needs find the care they need throughout the country. An ardent patient advocate, Ms. Lyons helps people navigate the complicated, often convoluted system, identify what they need, and learn how to create an action plan. With more than twenty years' experience in the nonprofit health-care arena, she has been a leader in national and international organizations representing health-care and long-term care service providers. She was on the Executive Committee of the Alzheimer's Association/National Capital Area and an Alzheimer's Association Ambassador to Capitol Hill. Lyons is a writer for and industry advisor to Telemedicine Magazine. She also wrote the award-winning book The Smart Person's Guide to Eldercare to empower and educate consumers, to make sense of a complex system, and to highlight some of the humor that can be found even in the most challenging times as we grow older.

Increased forgetfulness often comes with aging. But how much is normal? What are the warning signs of more serious disorders? What can we do to prevent Alzheimer's and dementia? A cognitive specialist, a physician, and an elder-care expert explore these issues in this informative study. They begin by describing the brain's normal functions and then detailing behaviors that indicate looming issues. Using case studies as examples, the team contrasts quickly developing conditions, such as delirium and strokes (which might have correctable, physical roots), and more slowly developing and less treatable diseases, including dementia and Alzheimer's. They offer suggestions on how to strengthen the brain that include physical activity, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and cognitive exercises. Managing expectations is especially important, and the authors offer ways to assess conditions as well as practical tips for providing necessary care. Coauthor Jodi L. Lyons' own story of stroke and recovery is particularly revealing, giving readers a look at brain malfunction from the patient's point of view. Both patients and caregivers will benefit from this reassuring book. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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