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  1. 5.8 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    From an esteemed geneticist and the director of gerontology at the Personal Genome Project at Harvard Medical School comes a revolutionary plan for curbing memory loss and improving cognitive longevity that will forever change how you think about diet and aging. All around the world people are living longer than ever, but record numbers of us are experiencing cognitive decline and other brain disorders later in life. New studies show that Alzheimer’s disease is the number three cause of death in developed countries, behind heart disease and cancer. But there is good news. We now have the knowledge to extend both lifespan and mindspan, helping to ensure that our minds and bodies stay in peak form at any age. Studying the diets of the “mindspan elite,” those populations that live longest with low levels of dementia—as well as the ways that certain food additives and ingredients interact with our genes—Dr. Preston Estep explains how some recent books on the brain and aging have steered us down the wrong dietary path. Shattering myths about which foods are and are not beneficial to our brains, The Mindspan Diet reveals a simple plan to slow cognitive decline. Startling in its revelations about healthy eating for those over the age of forty, it challenges us to rethink our approach to many common staples, including the following:Iron: While iron-fortified foods sound healthy, high iron intake can be toxic, especially for people over forty, and increases the risk of adult-onset diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.Whole grains: Processed grains such as white rice, pasta, and flour are actually staples in the diets of cultures with the best cognitive health.Protein: Though it’s considered by some to be a miracle macronutrient, high levels of protein are actually hard on the kidneys and may promote cancer and accelerate the progression of dementia. Complete with food recommendations, shopping lists, advice on reading nutrition labels, and more than seventy delicious recipes, The Mindspan Diet shows that you can enjoy the richest flavors life has to offer and remain lean, healthy, and cognitively intact for a very long life.

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    The Mindspan Diet by Preston Estep III, PhD

    The Mindspan Diet

    5.8 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.4 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country megastar Brad Paisley. But in 2014, Williams-Paisley revealed a tragic secret: her mother had been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called primary progressive aphasia at the age of sixty-one. In Where the Light Gets In, Williams-Paisley tells the full story of her mother’s illness, from diagnosis through the present day, drawing on her memories of her relationship with the fascinating, complicated, and successful woman who raised her so well. She describes educating herself on her mother’s condition, letting go of the shame and secrecy that surrounded it, and finding unexpected humor and grace in a terrible situation. Her book also chronicles the ways in which her family’s bond was strengthened by the experience, to becoming an awareness advocate, to accepting the woman her mother has become. It is a heartrending and inspiring reminder of how unbreakable our relationships with our mothers are.

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    Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

    Where the Light Gets In

    Foreword written and read by Michael J. Fox
    5.4 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.1 hrs • 1/19/2016 • Unabridged

    Supermodel, restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling with a tag she never expected to add to that string: early onset Alzheimer’s patient. Working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, B. and her husband, Dan, unstintingly share B.‘s unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with “Lessons Learned,” their practical and helpful advice, readers travel with them as they learn to deal with Alzheimer’s day-to-day challenges, the family tensions, and ways of coping. At its heart, though, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope. Though filled with scary moments and dark days, it is ultimately an uplifting account, coming out at a time of exciting medical progress that may not help B. in time, but will ultimately help us all combat this dreaded deadly disease.

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    Before I Forget

    8.1 hrs • 1/19/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.8 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Emmy award–winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer’s advocate Meryl Comer’s Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction. When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences—the mistakes and the breakthroughs—to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know. Pragmatic and relentless, Meryl has dedicated herself to fighting Alzheimer’s and raising public awareness. “Nothing I do is really about me; it’s all about making sure no one ends up like me,” she writes. Deeply personal and illuminating, Slow Dancing With a Stranger offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer’s challenges. It is also an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.

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    Slow Dancing with a Stranger

    5.8 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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    9.1 hrs • 4/28/2015 • Unabridged

    The bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise—from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome—the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions. In Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.

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    Brain Maker

    By David Perlmutter, MD, with Kristin Loberg
    Read by Peter Ganim
    9.1 hrs • 4/28/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.4 hrs • 2/19/2013 • Unabridged

    Could your breakfast or lunch be harming your memory? Are you missing out on the foods that could prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Everyone knows that good nutrition supports your overall health, but few realize that certain power foods can protect your brain and optimize its function—and even dramatically reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, New York Times bestselling author, clinical researcher, and health advocate Dr. Neal Barnard has gathered the most up-to-date research and created a groundbreaking program that can strengthen your memory and protect your brain’s health. In this effective three-step plan, Dr. Barnard reveals which foods to increase in your diet and which to avoid and shows you specific exercises and supplements that can make a difference. It will not only help boost brain health but it can also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and other less serious malfunctions such as low energy, poor sleep patterns, irritability, and lack of focus. You’ll discover:  • The best foods to increase cognitive function • Dairy products and meats—the dangers they may pose to your memory • The surprising roles alcohol and caffeine play in Alzheimer’s risk • The latest research on toxic metals, like aluminum found in cookware, soda cans, and common antacids • Plus a detailed menu plan, recipes, and time-saving kitchen tips

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    Power Foods for the Brain

    5.4 hrs • 2/19/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.9 hrs • 9/20/2010 • Abridged

    When bestselling author Jean Carper discovered she had the Alzheimer’s gene, she was determined to find out if there was anything she could do to help herself. As it turns out, there was quite a lot. In 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s, Jean Carper teaches readers how to take simple and effective steps to battle age-related memory loss and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Based on the latest scientific findings and distilled into one hundred short-form essays, 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s includes such surprising strategies as drinking apple juice; taking care of your gums; powering up with Acetyl-L-Carnitine, reading; and even simply trying new things. Carper discusses the major theories of Alzheimer’s as well as the newest interventions. She provides the scientific rationale behind the tools in the book and details instructions on how readers can apply particular steps to their lives. A fresh, science-based approach on how to save your brain from damage caused by age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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