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“A blueprint to optimize your brain and improve the rest of your life.”
Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

“You will find, on every page, useful and intriguing knowledge, resources, practices, exercises, and technologies to unleash your brain power and improve your mind as you age. Buy it, read it, live it!”
Tony Buzan, author of Use Both Sides of Your Brain

“This book offers an excellent collection of tools to improve your mind and life. I hope everyone will read this wonderful resource, which can help us all to not just survive but thrive.”
Bernie Siegel, MD, author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and A Book of Miracles

Brain Power is beautifully written, weaving together science, art, and history to provide the evidence and practical tools to enhance your brain function so that you can have a brilliant life. Everyone should read this book.”
Eva Selhub, MD, author of The Love Response and instructor at Harvard Medical School

“In Brain Power, Michael Gelb and Kelly Howell present us with one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date reviews of simple yet powerful strategies we can all implement to not just preserve but actually improve the power of our brains as we age. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in wellness and longevity.”
Tereza Hubkova, MD, integrative specialist, Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA

“This wonderful book offers everything you need to know to improve your mind as you age. The latest science combined with a user-friendly, highly entertaining presentation make this book a winner. Highly recommended!”
Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health

Brain Power is an essential, practical, and inspiring guide to improving your mind as you age. Savor the sounds and meanings to bring harmony to your life. This book is ageless!”
Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect and Healing at the Speed of Sound

About the Author

Michael J. Gelb is the preeminent authority on the application of genius thinking and a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon, and YPO. He is the author of the bestselling How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day.

With almost three million audio programs in print, Kelly Howell is highly acclaimed for her groundbreaking work in healing and mind expansion. She is the creator of Brain Sync audio technology and the world’s leading innovator in the practical application of brain-wave research.

Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps, lives in Marlowe, outside London. His business is headquartered in Cardiff.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Original edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781608680733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680733
  • ASIN: 1608680738
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Dalrymple VINE VOICE on January 13, 2012
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. It is full of studies, science and fact, but most importantly is stresses the value of looking toward the possibilities of a healthy aging, optimism and hope. The authors point out the complete negativism with which we here in the United States view aging. How many times have you referred to yourself as having a "senior moment," or told yourself (or others) "I can't remember anything anymore"? Too many times, I'm sure. I've done it, I'm ashamed to say.

Numerous examples are given of the sages of the United States who led full and active lives to the very end. One secret to a long, successful life is revealed in chapter one, "All of the positive role models have one element in common - their lives are organized around a powerful sense of purpose," the authors state. And it seems to be true.

The value of continuing your education is talked about in chapter two. There is even a page that teaches readers the art of juggling. "The researchers found that fifteen minutes of daily juggling practice over the course of three months resulted in a significant increase in the brain's gray matter."

Chapter three discusses exercise - I think we've all heard this before - physical exercise and flexibility keeps us young, but the chapter tells us why this is so. Diet is looked at as is, "Creating a Brain-Enhancing Environment." Research by John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, shows that a multisensory environment improves memory and learning ability.

The value of having healthy relationships is talked about in chapter six. "Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young," said Benjamin Franklin.
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Michael Gelb has long been one of my favorite authors . . . I've read just everything he has written, and his bestselling HOW TO THINK LIKE LEONARDO DA VINCI remains a book that I use in a creativity course that I teach.

His latest effort, BRAIN POWER (New World Library), co-authored with Kelly Howell is a terrific book about how to, quoting its subtitle, IMPROVE YOUR MIND AS YOU AGE.

What a great concept!

And the authors show you how this can be done by presenting many useful suggestions, based on the latest brain research. Perhaps my favorite one is the following:

* Maintain a Positive Attitude about Your Memory

If you ask any elementary school teacher what children forget in the classroom every day, you'll learn that in addition to forgetting facts, they also leave behind all sorts of things: books, pens, iPods, etc. When the teacher reminds fourth grader Jason that he left his baseball cap in the coatroom, she doesn't usually hear "What's the matter with me? I'm eight years old, and my memory is going" or "Gosh, another junior moment!" But after age twenty five or so, many folks begin to focus on any glitch in memory as evidence for its demise. Normal forgetting is catalogued as a "senior moment," and the decline of memory becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy."

I also liked this recommendation:

* An attitude of gratitude is relatively easy to cultivate, and a simple gratitude journal is the best way to get started. Take a few minutes every morning to write out a list of things that inspire you to feel grateful. After you compose your list, spend a few seconds focusing on the feeling of gratitude for each thing you've written down.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2012
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It seems like I've read a thousand of these brain books. I wasn't really expecting that much but I was pleasantly surprised. First of all let me state that there is nothing at all new in this book. This isn't the latest breaking news in brain science. The authors state that there is an enormous amount of information about having a healthy brain available on the Internet and their purpose is to bring the best of it together in one accessible place. To do the filtering for us in other words.

To that goal they succeed admirably. The short sections focused on something particular and practical were enjoyable to read and easy to understand. It seem like they have done an excellent job in researching the best material. This is a practical book that one can put to immediate use. The reason it doesn't get five stars from me is because it didn't grab me or excite me. Perhaps that's because I've read too many of these and I really didn't learn much. However if you are looking for concise, broad, and practical advice to having a great brain into old age, I don't think you can do much better. If so, I can highly recommend this very good book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Julie Clayton VINE VOICE on February 6, 2013
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I must be getting cranky in my old age-- oops, I'm not supposed to reinforce limiting beliefs or ageisms, according to this collection of tools and resources to enhance and improve your brain function. So let me start again. While there is nothing wrong with this book, and much that is right---in that the information is useful and well presented---the so-called "blueprint" for brain power is mostly common sense and commonly known guidelines for healthy living. In my own words, here's the standard healthy living "prescription," which is essentially what is covered in this book, and you tell me if you have never heard or read these tips innumerable times in other wellness-related contexts:

1. pursue new interests and learning
2. nourish your body and keep active
3. get quality sleep and rest
4. maintain an active social life and positive intimate relationships
5. learn stress management

To be fair, two strategies that might be considered age and/or brain power specific that are also included in Brain Power:

* don't buy into ageism;
* do brain exercises for memory, speed, and recall, or play brain games, such as chess or bridge, and so forth

The one tool that I find exceptional within this book is in the penultimate chapter on brain synchronization, which co-author Kelly Howell created the audio technology for, called "BrainSync." A free demo download of BrainSync is included via the book.

In a nutshell, brain synchronization is when the right and left brains "talk to each other.
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