Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

By Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin takes readers on a full of life trip to give an explanation for what occurs to reminiscence and a spotlight in heart age. a person older than 40 is aware that forgetfulness will be unnerving, difficult, and occasionally terrifying. With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin units out to find what midlife forgetfulness is all about—from the views of body structure, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her look for solutions to questions on her personal unreliable reminiscence, she explores the criteria that ensure how well—or poorly—one's mind will age. She consults specialists within the fields of sleep, tension, stressful mind harm, hormones, genetics, and dementia, in addition to experts in nutrients, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning box of drug-based cognitive enhancement. The panorama of the midlife mind isn't what you could imagine, and to appreciate its strengths and weaknesses seems to be tips on how to cope. A groundbreaking paintings that represents the easiest of narrative nonfiction, it is a well timed, hugely readable, and much-needed publication for a person whose reminiscence isn't what it was.

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She asked, surprised. ” To remind her that I’d sat next to him at O 11 C a rv e d i n S a n d a dinner party at her house seemed too cruel. In another disappointment, the father of one of my son’s friends, a crackerjack trader on the stock exchange, promised me that his memory was still tops. It had to be, he explained. All day long, he kept track of puts and calls in his head. Could I imagine the disaster that would ensue if he forgot? I’d barely made note of that when he phoned back. He’d just realized that he couldn’t drive the kids over to our house, as we’d planned.

He was livid, and I felt like crawling into a hole and dying,” she said. “He is truly one of the most easygoing people I know, but apparently, this was the last straw. ” John, a cardiologist, executed what must be the ultimate act of forgetfulness: He became so engrossed in the work he was doing on the computer that he failed to attend his aunt’s funeral. Until you forget something that has to do with a child (and there’s hardly a parent who hasn’t), you don’t know what it feels like to be bathed in shame.

I do not live in the present,” said Louise, the mother of two elementary school children. “I am always three or four steps ahead of where I actually am. ” Indeed, any emotional distraction can tie up your brain’s switchboard, leaving you preoccupied and self-absorbed, even when you know you shouldn’t be. Try to do something “important” and you’re likely to get a busy signal. m. To her surprise, the older group’s performance far surpassed that of her middle-aged subjects. Park postulated that for older individuals, swallowing that pill became a significant feature of their morning’s schedule.

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