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Improving Memory: Understanding age-related memory loss

Dear Reader, Years ago, I saw a patient in the early stages of dementia. She still had moments of great clarity, and in one of those times she lamented, "I'm vanishing as a person." Her words have stuck with me because they seemed like such a lucid description of the impact of dementia on an individual. In many ways, our memories shape who we are. They make up our internal biographies—the stories we tell…

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