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Memory, Aging and ADD
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Since, of late, I seem to be asleep when the rest of America is up and at’em, awake when it seems that all the world’s aslumber, there’s not much to distract me from reading and research – so I’ve been reading a lot lately!
One of the few good things about Living with JetLag™ is that there are periods of time when I can do little else but dive into books I have been too busy to read while I scrambled to catch up with everything missed “off-phase” during those precious times when I am “on-phase” with the rest of you earthlings.
A number of books have come out in the past few years exploring what happens to our brains as we age. Several are exploring “normal” changes, others are looking at brain disorders that seem to strike at middle-age, most notably Alzheimers.
Other than mentioning the link between aging and sleep struggles, which I will explore in another series of posts, the primary focus of most of the books I’m currently ingesting concerns the processes of memory: what happens when they work as expected, and what happens when they don’t.
Two I just finished are:
- Barbara Strauch’s The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain
- Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s Carved in Sand
– when attention fails and memory fades in midlifeThe timing seems suddenly right for a series of articles on memory and ADD, but before I get into the details, I need to get something off my chest.