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Author will try to remember book signing

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Adam Rosenbaum of Sacramento will visit Neighbors Bookstore from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of his book, “How to Remember Not to Forget.”

The book is a collection of insightful observations, humorous situations and sensible solutions to everyday concerns about your memory. Rosenbaum and co-author Joan Houlihan of Massachusetts carefully explain how misplaced belongings and forgotten appointments should not set off panic buttons amplified by the fear of the early onset of Alzheimer’s.

Rosenbaum’s background and career is in adult education and learning technology, and he has been involved with corporate training programs in North and South America since 1994. He is the director of IT Services at 3D Global Solutions Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that specializes in the recruitment of retired military veterans for placement with public and private sector clients in the areas of information technology.

Houlihan is the executive director of the Atria Woodbriar Assisted Living community in Falmouth, Mass. The community is home to more than 100 residents who suffer from difficulties with memory, including short-term memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She speaks frequently on memory and senior health care and teaches a mini-university for aging adults exploring the frustration and fears surrounding memory loss.

“How to Remember Not to Forget” describes how memory works, and explains how day-to-day forgetfulness is often the result of what the authors call the “memory busters.” These are obstacles that interfere with a healthy memory, including information overload and inattention – often from long, uninteresting explanations – to stress, depression, and mindless repetition.

For each memory buster the authors recommend a simple system of solution that they call “memorology.” They not only go into techniques like using Post-it notes or a color-coded calendar to remember important events, but they also teach behaviors that work effectively against the memory busters. One tip is to always store your belongings in the same place to make it easier to find them.

Rosenbaum offers his reason for working on this project: “Between being a father of two young boys and the stress of running my business, my memory had certainly begun to run less efficiently. I needed a system that would help me get back on track, and I discovered that my own advice was the medicine my memory needed.”

The book includes funny examples ranging from a soon-to-be father forgetting his own name while checking his wife into the hospital, to the embarrassing moment when Rosenbaum asks his wife, whom he is talking to on his cell phone, where he might have put his cell phone because he can’t find it. “How to Remember Not to Forget” makes learning to remember an enjoyable experience.

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