Book review: Memory-Wise

How do you know if memory problems are normal or the start of something more serious?

Book Reviews

Dr Anne Unkenstein's new book takes a look at that oh-so-important part of our being - memory.


DOES your memory change as you get older?

IT'S common to be concerned about memory lapses, but how do you know if memory difficulties are normal or the beginnings of something more serious?

Memory-wise, a new book by clinical neuropsychologist Dr Anne Unkenstein, explains how memory works and the changes that can occur as we age. It explains the sort of health, attitude and lifestyle factors that can lead to fluctuation in memory and provides practical tips to minimise their effects.

Does your ability to remember change as you get older? Can dementia be prevented? Where do you go if you have concerns about memory? What can we do to get the most out of our memory abilities?

These are some of the questions Anne looks at in her book while also explaining how memory works and what we can do to make it work better.

The book also addresses memory during menopause, the importance of continuing to learn, how we can reduce the risk of developing dementia, what to do if you think someone you know has dementia-related memory loss and what a diagnosis of dementia means; along with strategies for supporting memory in early dementia.

Anne Unkenstein

Anne Unkenstein

We can all become more confident in managing memory. Memory-wise will help you to understand and nurture the most precious of resources - your memory.

About the author

Dr Anne Unkenstein, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist who has focused on working with people who experience changes in their memory.

For over 25 years, Anne worked in a memory clinic at a large city-based public hospital in Melbourne. Her clinical work involves assisting with the diagnosis of memory illnesses, and helping both people with dementia and their families adjust to memory loss.

Anne has also worked in public and private inpatient and community-based psychiatric health services and consults in private practice. She holds an honorary position within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, and has been involved in the education of graduate neuropsychologists and psychiatrists.

Anne's recent research, based at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, focused on women's experience of memory during the menopause transition and enhancing women's memory self-confidence through the provision of memory strategies group programs.

Anne has presented her research at Australian and international scientific conferences and published her work in international journals and books. She has made educating the community about memory a priority throughout her career, making contributions to written information about memory and dementia in newsletters, on websites and 'help sheets', and giving regular presentations through Dementia Australia, Council on the Ageing, community organisations, TV and radio talkback.

Memory-Wise, Allen and Unwin RRP $29.99