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The Healthy Aging Brain: Sustaining Attachment, Attaining Wisdom (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) 1st Edition

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“[E]xtremely well-written and communicates complex topics in a very understandable and entertaining manner. . . . [A] very useful reference resource for helping to educate aging adults and possibly their caregivers on cognitive changes, cognitive plasticity, and associated social functioning in later life.” (Activities, Adaptation and Aging)

“Weaving tales of his own psychology practice with plenty of science and specific exercises for keeping one’s brain pliant, Cozolino has moved the discourse on aging several leaps forward.” (Shift)

“I highly recommend reading The Healthy Aging Brain. This book, reassures readers that mental deterioration need not accompany growing old, and to that end, Cozolino even provides an appendix listing 52 different activities to keep older brains vibrant.” (The Scientist)

“This is the third book by Louis Cozolino that I have had the privilege to read and review. Each is golden in its own way….and I would recommend this book as well; not only to understand the brain and how it functions, but also because of the wisdom contained in it.” (Journal of Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

About the Author

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705133
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lou Cozolino has written another valuable book that offers insights into the latest research in neuroscience. This book is accessible to lay people and professionals alike, and is also an enjoyable read. Consistent with his previous books (the Neuroscience of Human Relationships and the Neuroscience of Psychotherapy), Cozolino offers a compassionate understanding of the role of attachment over the course of the life span. This book offers hope for gaining wisdom and enjoying one's life during the later years.
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Any who would desire to live to a ripe old age will find this survey of aging issues a key to understanding the groundbreaking brain research taking place. Longevity brings with it challenges in health and brain health: especially as our brains continue to grow and change throughout our lives. Discussions of how to get the brain to age optimally are explored in an account of how individual health and longevity are linked to choices in daily lives. Physiology and psychology blend in a powerful survey.
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The Healthy Aging Brain is a valuable companion for those travelling the pathway towards well being and wisdom in late adulthood. A useful psychology resource that grounds the scientific basis for the psycho-biological links between attachment and subsequent emotional development, lifestyle, activity and creativity. Josephine Bowler PhD, Registered Psychologist, New Zealand.
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This book gives an overall biological and psychological description of the aging process from birth to death. It is easy to read and understand for all of us who, without a doubt will go through this fascinating growth, as illuminated by the author. I would like to send copies to everyone I know.
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The Healthy Aging Brain is an excellent read. I have read several of Louis Cozolino's books and find his style of writing, his ability to personalize it for the reader, and just generally make it user friendly for professional and non-professional (Neuro-biology) readers most extraordinary. He is engaging and I recommend this book for young and old alike. Cozolino makes it profoundly clear how very important it is to stay deeply connected with one another and how important our elders and their stories handed down to our children are. And in so doing this actually stops the aging brain from loosing plasticity. Through the reconnecting of the wise mind (aging brain) and the children (developing brain) we not only live longer lives but heal and maintain a healthier social order.
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Growing old is fun only if we can be an active, thinking, and contributing part of the community.
This depends on maintaining a healthy brain and in this book Professor Cozolino helps us understand
the daily choices we can make to ensure that happens. Cozolino provides many insights to understand
the connections between our actions and brain health. One of the key insights is that we are social
animals and have social brains which evolved in societies working together to provide the daily
needs of the tribe. He extends the network of neurons in our brain, communicating through synapses
using chemical neurotransmitters, to the level of the human society communicating through the
"social synapse" using sounds, sight, touch, and smell. Ingenious! He points out the importance of
relationships with other humans in continuing to learn through the ability of our brain to grow both
neuron networks and even new neurons for your entire life. This is a significant contribution to society when the relationship is with a grandchild and there is learning not only on the part of the elder but on the part of the child. The brain must be stimulated to learn and a child learns much from his grandfather. A healthy aging brain has gathered and consolidated much knowledge which can be passed
on to the next generation through storytelling, contributing to the tribal wisdom.
Professor Cozolino has written a remarkable and insightful book which gives one a new view of how
the aging individual fits in with society and the contributions he can make.
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