Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia: A Life Course Approach by Lawrence WhalleyUnderstanding Brain Aging and Dementia: A Life Course Approach by Lawrence Whalley

Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia: A Life Course Approach

byLawrence Whalley

Paperback | July 7, 2015

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The life course method compares an individual's long-life and late-life behaviors to gauge one's mental decay. Arguing the life course approach is the best and simplest model for tracking mental development, Lawrence J. Whalley unlocks the mysteries of brain functionality, illuminating the processes that affect the brain during aging, the causes behind these changes, and effective coping strategies. Whalley identifies the genetic factors that determine the pace of aging and the behaviors, starting in childhood, that influence how we age. Through vignettes, charts, and tables, he composes an accessible book for patients, family members, and caretakers struggling to make sense of a complex experience.

Lawrence J. Whalley is emeritus professor of mental health in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Aberdeen and honorary professor of research at the University of the Highlands and Islands. He is the author of three books on brain aging and dementia, including The Aging Brain and Dementia.
Title:Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia: A Life Course ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pagesPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231163835

ISBN - 13:9780231163835


Table of Contents

List of TablesList of IllustrationsPrologueAcknowledgments1. Introduction2. The Life Course Approach3. The Well-Connected Brain4. Aging, Evolution, and the Brain5. The Aging Brain6. The Biology of the Dementias7. The Disconnected Mind8. Emotional Aging9. Dementia Syndromes10. Dementia Risk Reduction, 1: Concepts, Reserve, and Early Life Opportunities11. Dementia Risk Reduction, 2: Midlife Opportunities to Delay Dementia Onset12. Dementia Risk Reduction, 3: Multidomain ApproachesEpilogueNotesIndex

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