Library Resources for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is observed in June as an opportunity to spread information about and focus on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  It is also a time to remind us that brain health is a critical piece of our overall health, underlying our ability to communicate, make decisions, problem-solve and live a productive and useful life.  Here are some recently published books/ebooks and online courses available with your Livingston Library card, on the fascinating subject of the brain and its working, on dementia, and ways to maintain an active and agile brain. The Age-Proof Brain : New Strategies To Improve Memory, Protect Immunity, And Fight Off Dementia by Mark J. Milstein The author is known for his engaging talks on brain science, and this is a practical and accessible guide that turns cutting-edge medical research into easy-to-follow advice to help you fire on all cylinders-no matter your age. The Brain Health Kitchen : Preventing Alzheimer’s Through Food by Annie Fenn Dr. Fenn gives readers a guide to preserving cognitive ability through food, with 100 recipes to promote mental acuity. Fenn, a doctor turned chef, has organized the book into 10 chapters representing the most neuroprotective foods: berries, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, whole grains, cruciferous vegetables, and more. She walks readers through choices they can make to create a brain-friendly diet, like how to choose meats that will fuel instead of harm, how to understand the nuances between “good” and “bad” fats, and the difference between processed sugars and natural sugars. The Bullied Brain : Heal Your Scars And Restore Your Health by Jennifer Fraser Readers learn about the evidence doctors, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and neuroscientists have gathered, that shows the harm done by bullying and abuse to your brain, and how you can be empowered to protect yourself and all others. Not only is it critically important to discover how much your mental health is contingent on what has sculpted and shaped the world inside your head, it is also the first step in learning ways to recover. Change Your Brain Every Day: Simple Daily Practices To Strengthen Your Mind, Memory, Moods, Focus, Energy, Habits, And Relationships by Daniel G. Amen Psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist Amen, MD, draws on over 40 years’ clinical practice with tens of thousands of patients to give you the most effective daily habits he has seen that can help you improve your brain, master your mind, boost your memory, and make you feel happier, healthier, and more connected to those you love.  Dementia Prevention : Using Your Head To Save Your Brain by Emily Clionsky Severe memory loss and dementia are not inevitable parts of aging. Science now shows that you can make changes, no matter your age, to protect your brain. Join the authors as they guide you through a science-based tour of dementia, including how your brain works and how its function is affected by everything from blood circulation and blood pressure to sugar levels, medications, vision, and hearing. Dignity For Deeply Forgetful People : How Caregivers Can Meet The Challenges Of Alzheimer’s Disease by Stephen Garrard Post A new ethics guideline for caregivers of “deeply forgetful people” and a program on how to communicate and connect based on 30 years of community dialogues through Alzheimer’s organizations across the globe. Everything Left To Remember : My Mother, Our Memories, And A Journey Through The Rocky Mountains by Steph Jagger In this heart wrenching and inspirational memoir a woman and her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, embark on a road trip through national parks, revisiting the memories, and the mountains, that made them who they are. Her mother, stricken with an incurable disease that slowly erases all sense of self, struggles to remember her favorite drink, her favorite song, and-perhaps most heartbreaking of all-Steph herself. Steph watches as the woman who loved and raised her slips away before getting the chance to tell her story, and so Steph makes a promise: her mother will walk it and she will write it.  High-Octane Brain 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimers by Michelle Braun & Karen Postal Neuropsychologist Dr. Braun inspires you to make lasting improvements by explaining the truth about brain health and providing expert guidance through the maze of conflicting media advice on supplements, brain games, nutrition, and exercise. Packed with valuable tips you can implement immediately to minimize common “brain blips,” exercises to boost your memory within minutes, and inspiring insights from nine High-Octane Brain role models ages 44 to 103. How The Mind Changed : A Human History Of Our Evolving Brain by Joseph Jebelli This definitive account of how the human brain has evolved explores the development of memory, language, consciousness, intelligence, neurodiversity, and emotions and examines what the future may hold for our brains. How To Build A Healthy Brain : Reduce Stress, Anxiety And Depression And Future-Proof Your Brain by Kimberly Wilson A groundbreaking science-based guide to protecting your brain health for the long term. Wilson draws on the latest research to give practical, holistic advice on how you can protect your brain health by making simple lifestyle choices.  A Molecule Away From Madness : Tales Of The Hijacked Brain by Sara Manning Peskin A neurologist regales readers with extraordinary stories of the brain under siege. Our brains are the most complex machines known to humankind, but they have an Achilles heel: The very molecules that allow us to exist can also sabotage our minds. Here are true accounts of unruly molecules and the diseases that form in their wake, from total loss of inhibitions to florid psychosis to compulsive lying. Cognitive neurologist Sara Manning Peskin demystifies the most curious neurological phenomena through the perspective of patients, researchers, and science. My Father’s Brain : Life In The Shadow Of Alzheimer’s by Sandeep Jauhar A doctor’s memoir about his father’s experience of dementia, and an overview of the history of and latest findings on the disease.