Rating

8

Qualities

  • Applicable
  • Eye Opening
  • Inspiring

Recommendation

If you’re lucky enough to live to a ripe old age, Alzheimer’s disease likely will feature in your future: You’ll either develop the condition or be a caregiver for a patient. Neuroscientist Lisa Genova assuages fears regarding this incurable, debilitating condition by enumerating lifestyle changes that can inhibit its onset. getAbstract recommends Genova’s thoughtful presentation to Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and anyone concerned about neural health.

Summary

Decades of research have failed to produce a viable treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Yet don’t abandon hope. You have the power to change your brain’s fate without relying on medicine to provide the cure.

Alzheimer’s begins in the brain’s synapses – that is, the points where neurons connect and where neurotransmitters release the signals that enable you to communicate, think, feel emotion and remember. During the transmitting process, neurons release amyloid beta, a small peptide. Cells called microglia usually clear away amyloid beta to keep it from accumulating. But when the ...

About the Speaker

Neuroscientist Lisa Genova wrote Still Alice, a novel that inspired an Oscar-winning film of the same name.


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