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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Narrator: Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a lively journey to explain what happens to memory and attention in middle age.

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 midlife forgetfulness is all about—from the perspectives of physiology, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her search for answers to questions about her own unreliable memory, she explores the factors that determine how well—or poorly—one's brain will age. She consults experts in the fields of sleep, stress, traumatic brain injury, hormones, genetics, and dementia, as well as specialists in nutrition, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning field of drug-based cognitive enhancement. The landscape of the midlife brain is not what you might think, and to understand its strengths and weaknesses turns out to be the best way to cope.

A groundbreaking work that represents the best of narrative nonfiction, this is a timely, highly readable, and much-needed book for anyone whose memory is not what it used to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An enlightening and rather reassuring...book on fading memory in midlife.” 

    New York Times

  • “Jakobson Ramin’s insightful and well-researched journey through memoryland offers some valuable lessons.” 

    Scientific American Mind

  • “The variety of perspectives and the wealth of scientific information Ramin provides, as well as her warm personal style, will reward readers and may well help them stay mentally sharp.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Useful strategies to keep the middle-aged mind limber....A wholly encouraging plan for mental fitness.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • NPR Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy Hildebrandt | 10/12/2013

    " Listened to the audio version, read by the author. Reviews the latest research and tries out many remedies for the problem of memory loss in middle age. Great to read about her experiences without having to try all these things myself. And it's a great summary of the current research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 10/5/2013

    " It's normal and there are things we can do about whatever it was... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Msbmom | 9/30/2013

    " The author provided a comprehensive study of middle age memory loss. Thru first hand experience, she explored causes, procedures, prescriptions, and mental exercises. An interesting read for those concerned about their own memory loss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lee White | 7/13/2013

    " Gave me a whole new confidence. "

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