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Introduction Chapter 1 How memory works Chapter 2 How memory changes as we get older Chapter 3 What else affects memory? Health, attitude, lifestyle Chapter 4 Memory during menopause Chapter 5 What can we do to reduce the risk of developing dementia? Chapter 6 Strategies for everyday memory Chapter 7 Working and learning Chapter 8 What if it's dementia? Chapter 9 Changes in someone else's memory - what can we do? Chapter 10 Towards a memory-wise community Acknowledgements Resources Notes Index

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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.

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