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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 2024: A Library Program and Resources


Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 2024: A Library Program and Resources

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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

On June 12 at 2pm, the library is presenting a program “Brain Health and Memory”  in partnership with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, that  will review the effects of aging on brain health and wellness. Conditions such as depression, grief, anxiety, dementia, loss of memory and Alzheimer’s disease, all of which affect brain health will be discussed and compared. Approaches to prevent and manage each condition through lifestyle changes, medications, and complementary medicine will be shared with participants.  You can register for this talk here.

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 Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (including memoirs), memory, and ways to maintain an active and agile brain.

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The Balanced Brain : The Science of Mental Health by Camilla Nord

Nord explains how our brain constructs our sense of mental health–actively striving to maintain balance in response to our changing circumstances. While a mentally healthy brain deals well with life’s turbulence, poor mental health results when the brain struggles with disruption. But just what is the brain trying to balance? Nord describes the foundations of mental health in the brain–from the neurobiology of pleasure, pain and desire to the role of mood-mediating chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and opioids. She then pivots to interventions, revealing how antidepressants, placebos and even recreational drugs work; how psychotherapy changes brain chemistry; and how the brain and body interact to make us feel physically (as well as mentally) healthy.

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.

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.

High-Octane Brain : 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s 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.

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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.

The Official MIND Diet : A Scientifically Based Program to Lose Weight and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by Martha Clare Morris

The creator of the MIND diet, which is backed by scientists, doctors and organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, offers this practical, day-by-day guide to eating for weight loss, vitality and a lifetime of optimal cognitive function.

Travelers to Unimaginable Lands: Stories of Dementia, the Caregiver, and the Human Brain by Dasha Kiper

These compelling case histories meld science and storytelling to illuminate the complex relationship between the mind of someone with dementia and the mind of the person caring for them. After getting a master’s degree in clinical psychology, Kiper became the live-in caregiver for a Holocaust survivor with Alzheimer’s disease. For a year, she endured the emotional strain of looking after a person whose condition disrupts the rules of time, order, and continuity. Inspired by her own experience and her work counseling caregivers in the subsequent decade, Kiper offers an entirely new way to understand the symbiotic relationship between patients and those tending to them.

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The Upgrade : How the Female Brain Gets Stronger and Better in Midlife and Beyond by Louann Brizandine

Dr. Brizandine explains how a woman’s brain gets “upgraded” in midlife, inspiring and guiding women to unlock their full potential.  She has a message that is nothing short of revolutionary: in the time of life typically known as menopause, women’s brains are reshaped, for the better, in a way that creates new power, a bracing clarity, and a laser-like sense of purpose if you know how to seize it. With guidance for navigating the perimenopausal and menopausal storm while it lasts, and actionable, science-backed steps for preserving brain health for the rest of your life, this is a stunning roadmap, told through intimate stories, to a new brain state and its incredible possibilities. 

The Weight of Nature : How a Changing Climate Changes Our Brains by Clayton Page Aldern

Based on six years of research, award-winning journalist and trained neuroscientist Clayton Page Aldern synthesizes the emerging neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics of climate change and brain health. More heat means it is harder to think straight and solve problems. It influences serotonin release, which in turn increases the chance of impulsive violence. Air pollution from wildfires and smokestacks affects everything from sleeplessness to baseball umpires’ error rates. Immigration judges are more likely to reject asylum applications on hotter days. And these kinds of effects are not easily medicated, since certain drugs we might look to just aren’t as effective at higher temperatures. Heatwaves and hurricanes can wear on memory, language, and pain systems. Wildfires seed PTSD. And climate-fueled ecosystem changes extend the reach of brain-disease carriers like the mosquitos of cerebral-malaria fame, brain-eating amoebae, and the bats that brought us the mental fog of long Covid.

Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory’s Power to Hold on to What Matters by Charan Ranganath

Pioneering neuroscientist and psychologist Ranganath radically reframes the way we think about the everyday act of remembering. Combining accessible language with cutting-edge research, he reveals the surprising ways our brains record the past and how we use that information to understand who we are in the present, and to imagine and plan for the future. Memory, Dr. Ranganath shows, is a highly transformative force that shapes how we experience the world in often invisible and sometimes destructive ways. Knowing this can help us with daily remembering tasks, like finding our keys, and with the challenge of memory loss as we age.

Online Courses

Certificate in Brain Health from Gale Courses

In this innovative course, you’ll gain insights into the amazing brain and learn how to support health and happiness through lifestyle choices that impact this remarkable organ.

Universal Class has 2 related courses: Memory Improvement and Alzheimer’s Disease 101

Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian


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