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Older and Wiser: How to Maintain Peak Mental Ability for As Long As You Live Hardcover – August 6, 1997

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Restak, neurologist and author of numerous popular books on the human brain (including the companion volume to the PBS series The Brain), considers here the effects of aging on the human brain and suggests ways to maintain peak mental performance. Stressing that brain functioning is the most predictive feature of longevity, Restak describes both the cellular mechanisms responsible for aging and the cognitive processes of the mature brain?some of which, he notes, actually improve with age. He discusses the role of neurotransmitters and briefly describes drugs that may compensate for changes that occur in these chemicals over time. Throughout, the author carefully distinguishes normal, age-associated memory loss from symptoms characterizing a diseased brain. Restak summarizes the wisdom of nine mentally agile seniors and offers 30 practical suggestions (covering nutrition, exercise, and social and mental activities) to maximize mental performance. A useful and popular acquisition for any public library.?Laurie Bartolini, Legislative Research, Springfield, Ill.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (August 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684829762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684829760
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avis Y. Grant on January 5, 2012
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This book has be a huge relief to me in the statement "The most thing people over 50 worry about is 'will I get Alzheimers or develop degeneration of the brain'". Understanding the brain aging process has cleared up this worry for me and I discovered I am normal. HUGE relief to have this easy to understand information at hand. If you are over 50, read it. I am 81 and worried about "forgetting" things every day. Now, I can go about my life unfettered.
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By Henry Neil on June 11, 2015
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Excellent book that gets a little too technical at times. Some of the quotes by 'famous people' sound a little superficial but Restak knows his subject and writes well. Skim the overly technical parts and think about the rest. I learned a great deal about my own aging process.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Delores Hall on October 28, 2012
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I made a poor choice with that book. the book arrived in good shape but as I read it, it is not what I wanted. D. Hall
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