Memory Fitness

Do all adults experience memory difficulties as they age? What is the difference between normal memory change and the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? Is it possible to stern- or even reverse - memory decline? This up-to-date book is a comprehensive guide for everyone who wishes to learn the scientific facts about how aging affects memory and what can or cannot be done about it.

Gilles Einstein and Mark McDaniel, widely respected for their research and popular lectures on how memory processes change with age. They then approach the topic of memory improvement, drawing on the latest rigorous scientific evidence and sprinkling their advice with anecdotes and graphics to illustrate major concepts.

Organized for accessibility, focused on practical and concrete techniques, and filled with reliable information (including suggested Web sites for more information on topics of particular interest), this book is today's best guide to memory and to verified ways of dealing with its decline.

  A clear and scientific evaluation of age-related memory changes and what can be done to minimize them.
-- Timothy Salthouse, director, Cognitive Aging lab, University of Virginia

For anyone 40-50 (or older) who is worried about memory functioning, this book is the best one I know -- buy it and read it. It contains much practical advice that everyone should know about improving memory as we age.
-- Henry L. Roediger, III, chair, Department of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, and president of the American Psychological Society

Memory Fitness is a clear and accessible translation of current neuroscience with respect for the nuances of experimental findings. It will be useful to students, to professionals in geriatrics and elder care, and to general readers concerned about their own memory and how to maintain it.
-- Allen Bragdon, author of Building Mental Muscle: Conditioning Exercises for the Six Intelligence Zones

Memory Fitness is that rarest of books: a highly accessible, highly enjoyable product of serious and comprehensive scholarship. Einstein and McDaniel have compiled a terrific cornucopia of exciting discoveries about human memory, its natural frailties, and its preservation in the face of aging and Alzheimer's disease.
-- Jeff Victoroff, M.D., author of Saving Your Brain: The Revolutionary Plan to boost Brain Power, Improve Memory, and Protect Yourself against Aging and Alzheimer's

Gilles O. Einstein is professor and chair, Department of Psychology, Furman University. Mark A. McDaniel is professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. The authors have published and taught extensively in the field of memory, and their research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging for over fifteen years.

Table of Contents

  1. Thanks for the Memories, Aging and Remembering
  2. Overview of Memory Systems and Processes, The Effects of Aging
  3. Forgetting and Distorting Are Normal -- At All Ages!
  4. Working Memory and Avoiding Distractions, The Right Time for the Right Task
  5. Most Memories Are There, The Trick is Finding Them
  6. How to Learn and Remember Complex Material, Articles, Lectures, and Textbooks
  7. Remembering Tough Things
  8. Remembering to Remember, Medications, Appointment, Things to Pack . . .
  9. Mental Exercise and Memory, Use It or Lose It
  10. Physical Exercise and Memory, Not Exercising is Risky Behavior
  11. Effects of Sterss, Depression, Illness, and Medication on Memory
  12. Enhancing Memory with Nutritional Supplements and Vitamins
  13. Alzheimer's Disease, The Signals and What You Can Do About It