Memory problems may be as common as gray hair after a certain age. Many aging Americans worry that lapse of memory portends their own falling victim to dementia.
Just how close is science to a cure? Sue Halpren's work gives us an overview of many areas of brain health research, chemistry, the link of depression and forgetfulness, and software programs to improve memory.
Will there be a memory chip for the human brain or a link to chocolate and the growth of new neurons in the brain?
Her work gives us insight into what research may bring us, what myths have been debunked, and what we should be doing to keep our memory intact- The Commonwealth Club of California
In 1985, with an Oxford doctorate, Sue Halpern went to work at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons teaching case-based ethics and social medicine.
Nearly twenty years later, the author of Four Wings and a Prayer (now an award-winning documentary film ) and the New York Times notable book, Migrations to Solitude, returned to Columbia in the company of a young neurologist, Scott Small, who guided her into the world of cutting-edge neuroscience.
Halpern, a former Rhodes Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College and the director of the non-profit Face of Democracy project which teaches documentary journalism to high school students.
In addition to her three books of non-fiction, she is the author of two novels, The Book of Hard Things and Introducing Sasha Abramowitz.
She lives in Vermont and the Adirondacks with her husband Bill McKibben and their daughter Sophie, the editor of Bookworm Magazine.
Author Sue Halpern discusses the research of Scott Small on distinguishing the differences between normal memory loss associated with aging and Alzheimer's Disease, as well as new drugs for treating Alzheimer's.