I'll never forget the day one of her friends called me. It was in the middle of my work day and the friend sounded frantic. She and my mother in law had traveled to downtown Atlanta hoping to visit my father in law's grave. On the way to the cemetery, my mother in law (who was driving at the time) forgot how to get where she was going. She was so upset and didn't know what to do. She wanted to come home but didn't know how to get there. She was unable to tell me where she was so I could direct her home. Hearing the fear in her voice broke my heart. I wanted to help but needed a landmark to direct the ladies home. Finally, after much coaxing, I was able to get them to read off the name of an overhead street sign. That little bit of information helped me pinpoint their location and direct them back home. Shortly after that incident, we determined it wasn't safe for my mother in law to drive any longer. Taking that privilege away from her was hard but was for her own safety.
The experiences of watching someone go through the debilitating disease of Alzheimer's or Dementia is gut wrenching. As the loved one loses control of their mental facilities it's as if the adult has reverted back into a childlike state. Often, the caregivers must help guide the affected person through day to day routines and many times repeat these simple tasks over and over again.
The book, The Aging Brain, helped me understand how our brain changes as we age but not only that, it offered wonderful advice on how to lessen the chances of being diagnosed with Dementia by changing health and dietary choices.
At the end of each chapter, the author reemphasized the information presented by including learning points and action plans. The learning points were short and concise statements gleaned from that chapter's content. The action plans gave specific information on what the reader could do to implement the information given.
The book contains 17 chapters which are divided into 4 parts. Some of the chapters included are:
- The Problem of Aging: We All Do It
- Obesity and Aging: The Link is Unmistakable
- Mental Stress and Aging: Calm the Mind - Slow the Decline
- Vitamins and Supplements That Prevent Dementia
- Caring for a Loved One with Dementia
Dr. Timothy R. Jennings did a wonderful job of presenting clear and concise information in a practical way that the lay person can understand.
In reading The Aging Brain, I learned so much. I wish I'd had this book before we faced the challenges of our loved one suffering Dementia. It would have enlightened both my husband and I. We would have felt better equipped with tools necessary to help our dear Mother navigate through a very difficult season of her life.
The Aging Brain is a must read for anyone interested in taking better care of their health, but will be especially helpful for those caring for aging parents or loved ones.
I would like to thank Baker Books for allowing me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was in no way encouraged to give a positive review but it is my pleasure to do so.