An increase in average life expectancy has given rise to a number of pressing health challenges for the 21st century. Age-related memory loss, whether due to a neurodegenerative condition such as Alzheimer’s disease, or as a product of the normal process of aging, is perhaps the most significant of the health problems of old age presently confronting our society. The Preservation of Memory explores non-invasive, empirically sound strategies that can be implemented to ensure long-lasting and effective retention of information.

The chapters in this volume describe and evaluate both well-established and novel methods for improving and strengthening memory, for people with and without dementia. They also look at ways in which effective detection and care can be implemented, and describe empirical findings that can be translated into everyday practice. The contributors take a multidisciplinary approach, motivated by the desire to look beyond and across boundaries to find new areas of knowledge and new opportunities.

The Preservation of Memory will be useful reading for students and researchers focusing upon memory, aging and dementia, and also for mental health practitioners, social workers, and carers of persons living with dementia or other memory impairments.

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PART I Introduction to remembering: the basics of memory

chapter 1|23 pages

The effects of normal and pathological ageing on memory

ByAndrew Rutherford, Davide Bruno

chapter 2|30 pages

The aging hippocampus: a cross-species examination

ByStephanie Leal, Michael Yassa

chapter 3|22 pages

Recognition memory

ByTina Chen, Caren M. Rotello, Paul Verhaeghen

chapter 4|13 pages

Remembering the source: directions for intervention in ageing

ByNoeleen M. Brady, Richard A. P. Roche

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PART II Assessment and prediction

chapter 5|11 pages

From click to cognition: detecting cognitive decline through daily computer use

ByGemma Stringer, Peter Sawyer, Alistair Sutcliffe, Iracema Leroi

chapter 6|11 pages

The memory education and research initiative: a model for community-based clinical research

ByChelsea Reichert, John J. Sidtis, Nunzio Pomara

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PART III From the laboratory to the home: practical applications for ageing populations

chapter 8|11 pages

Can survival processing help to preserve our memories?

ByDaniel P. A. Clark

chapter 9|13 pages

The effects of aging and exercise on recollection and familiarity based memory processes

ByRichard J. Tunney, Harriet A. Allen, Charlotte Bonardi, Holly Blake

chapter 10|17 pages

Memory training for older adults: a review with recommendations for clinicians

ByRobin L. West, Carla M. Strickland-Hughes

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PART IV Facing the memory challenge in dementia

chapter 11|13 pages

Keeping memories alive: creativity in dementia care, alternatives to pharmacotherapy

ByNiamh Malone, Donna Redgrave

chapter 13|20 pages

Cognitive approaches to enabling people to live well with dementia

BySarah Jane Smith, Jan R. Oyebode

chapter 14|11 pages

Augmenting familiar appliances to assist people living with dementia

ByDamien Renner, David Reid, Mark Barrett-Baxendale, Davide Bruno, Hissam Tawfik