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Brain rules for aging well : 10 principles for staying vital, happy, and sharp / John Medina ; [edited by Tracy Cutchlow].
Title Variants:
Ten principles for staying vital, happy, & sharp
ISBN:
9780996032674
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Pear Press, [2017]

©2017
Physical Description:
267 pages ; 25 cm
Contents:
Social Brain. Your friendships ; Your happiness -- Thinking brain. Your stress ; Your memory ; Your mind ; Your mind: Alzheimer's -- Body and brain. Your food and exercise ; Your sleep -- Future Brain. Your longevity ; Your retirement.
Abstract:
"How come I can never find my keys? Why don't I sleep as well as I used to? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? What can I do to keep my brain sharp? Scientists know. [This book], by developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, gives you the facts, and the prescription to age well, in his signature engaging style. With so many discoveries over the years, science is literally changing our minds about the optimal care and feeding of the brain. All of it is captivating. A great deal of it is unexpected. In his [previous book] 'Brain Rules,' Medina showed us how our brains really work, and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match. In 'Brain Rules for Baby,' he gave parents the brain science they need to know to raise happy, smart, moral kids. Now, in [this book], Medina shares how you can make the most of the years you have left. In a book destined to be a classic on aging, Medina's fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into the science. [This book] is organized into four sections, each laying out familiar problems with surprising solutions. First up, the social brain, in which topics ranging from relationships to happiness and gullibility illustrate how our emotions change with age. The second section focuses on the thinking brain, explaining how working memory and executive function change with time. The third section is all about your body: how certain kinds of exercise, diets, and sleep can slow the decline of aging. Each section is sprinkled with practical advice, for example, the fascinating benefits of dancing, and the brain science behind each intervention. The final section is about the future. Your future. Medina connects all the chapters into a plan for maintaining your brain health. You may already be experiencing the sometimes-unpleasant effects of the aging process. Or you may be deeply concerned about your loved ones who are. Either way, [this book] is for you."--Amazon.com.
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How come I can never find my keys? Why don't I sleep as well? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? What can I do to keep my brain sharp? Scientists know. Your Aging Brain, by developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, gives you the facts -- and the prescription to age well -- in his engaging signature style.With so many discoveries over the years, science is literally changing our minds about the optimal care and feeding of the brain. All of it is captivating. A great deal of it is unexpected.In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. Medina showed us how our brains really work'and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match. Now, in Your Aging Brain, he shares how you can make the most of the years you have left. In a book destined to be a classic on aging, Medina's fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into the science.You may already be experiencing the sometimes unpleasant effects of the aging process. Or you may be deeply concerned about your loved ones who are. Either way, Your Aging Brain is for you.


Table of Contents

Introduction
What causes us to age
How the brain is wired
Why old age can be some of the happiest years of your life
Social Brain
1 Your Friendshipsp. 15
Vitamins for the brain
More parties, less flu
Where social isolation leads
Video chats
The human touch
2 Your Happinessp. 39
Happier or grumpier?
Roller-coaster grandpa
Gullibility and the Highway to Hell
Dopamine and depression
The power of gratitude
Thinking Brain
3 Your Stressp. 65
The thermostat of the stress system
How you feel about aging changes the way your brain ages
Gender differences
Stress and mindfulness
4 Your Memoryp. 87
Many types of memory
What declines, what stays robust, what improves how the brain battles back
Mikey likes it, and you will too
5 Your Mindp. 109
How processing speed changes
Problem-solving abilities vs. intelligence drawn from experience
Stunning results from playing video games
6 Your Mind: Alzheimer'sp. 129
What your doctor cant tell you
Mild cognitive impairment vs. Alzheimer's 10 warning signs
The amyloid hypothesis and the Nun Study
Predicting Alzheimer's in your 20s?
Body and Brain
7 Your food and exercisep. 153
A little exercise goes a long way
Less food, longer life?
Two diets that improve working memory and lower the risk of Alzheimer's
8 Your sleepp. 175
Why do we sleep? two breakthroughs
The battle of the sleep cycle
How sleep fragments as you age
A good night's sleep starts four hours before
Future Brain
9 Your longevityp. 201
What Super Agers can teach us about long life
A gene found to extend life
How cells know to die, thus avoiding cancer
A pill for aging?
10 Your retirementp. 219
Retiring from a job raises your risk of disability, disease, depression, and dementia
Nostalgia is good for you
The Blue Zone
An hour-by-hour plan for retirement
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
Indexp. 257

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