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2nd Edition

The Aging Mind
An Owner's Manual

ISBN 9781138490536
Published November 14, 2019 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

The Aging Mind offers an accessible introduction to what research has revealed about how our bodies and brains age, and how these changes affect our everyday experiences and lives. This second edition is fully updated with contemporary studies and neuroscientific findings, to offer an engaging exploration of 25 facets of the physical and mental aging processes.

Written by eminent gerontologist Patrick Rabbitt, who interprets research through his own personal daily experiences, it explores what aging really is and how to accept and manage it. It explores why our sensory and cognitive experiences change as we get older, and what these developments mean for our overall physical and emotional well-being. Key topics explored include memory, intelligence, attention, sleep, vision and hearing, taste and smell, touch and balance, anxiety, depression and perception of the passage of time. It also discusses how far we can keep and develop the skills we have mastered over our lifetimes.

The Aging Mind debunks unhelpful myths about the aging process and offers guidance on how we can age better, allowing us to continue to manage and enjoy our lives. This second edition is invaluable for students and researchers of cognitive gerontology, for professionals working with clients experiencing issues around aging, and for all those interested in understanding their own, or their relatives’ aging.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Talking About Old Age

Part I What is Aging?

Chapter 2 Why and How Do We Age?

Chapter 3 How Fast Do We Change?

Chapter 4 How Well do We Understand What is Happening to Us?

Chapter 5 Biological Signs of Brain Aging

Part II Memory

Chapter 6 What is Memory For?

Chapter 7 Remembering and Planning to Do Things

Chapter 8 Who Said That?

Chapter 9 Losing and Finding Words and Names

Chapter 10 Remembering the Beginnings of Our Lives

Chapter 11 Remembering the Rest of Our Lives

Part III Senses

Chapter 12 Seeing

Chapter 13 Hearing

Chapter 14 Taste and Smell

Chapter 15 Fumbling and Stumbling

Part IV Intelligence, Skills and Wisdom

Chapter 16 General Smarts

Chapter 17 Keeping the Skills We Have Learned

Chapter 18 Reading Others’ Minds

Part V Living with Aging

Chapter 19 Those Old Blues: Depression and Anxiety

Chapter 20 The Speed of Thought

Chapter 21 Paying Attention

Chapter 22 Good Times and Bad Times

Chapter 23 Sleep

Chapter 24 Time Passing

Part VI Aging Well

Chapter 25 What Can We Do About All This?

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Patrick Rabbitt worked for the University of Oxford as a lecturer in psychology (1968-1982); the University of Durham as Professor of Psychology and head of department in (1982-1983); and the University of Manchester, in the Research Chair in Gerontology and Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Age and Cognitive Performance Research Centre (1983-2004). He is currently Associated Researcher at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.