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Bill is a visionary leader in the online Changing Aging movement and a world-renowned authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. Bill is founder of two movements to reshape long-term care globally – The Eden Alternative and Green House Project.

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  1. Madeleine Kolb
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    Dr. Thomas, It’s consistent with my own experience that “Plucking a specific name out of a life time of memories really is more challenging for older people than younger people. The elder’s attempt to do so requires them to activate a wide array of brain structures and this assists with inference. Sorting through clues found in different parts of the brain is effective, but it takes time.”

    My tongue-in-cheek metaphor is that my brain is a rolodex, crammed with the name of every movie I’ve seen, song I’ve heard, book I’ve read, and class I’ve taken along with all the chemicals on the Periodic Table and lots of other stuff. It’s all there, but it takes time to rifle through it. On the serious side, trying to force it just doesn’t work. I let my brain work on a name while I’m talking about something else.

  2. Marti Weston
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    Forgetting — something we are all bothered by and even fear. This is wonderfully written and filled with information that everyone — not just seniors — needs to know about the brain. I have shared it with Facebook friends, who sometimes refer to the things that they forget, and I will also write about it on my blog. Many thanks, Dr. Bill.

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