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Brainpower Game Plan: Sharpen Your Memory, Improve Your Concentration, and Age-Proof Your Mind in Just 4 Weeks Paperback – September 15, 2009

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About the Author

Cynthia R. Green, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she founded the renowned Memory Enhancement Program.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605299006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605299006
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anne Rice on January 9, 2010
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I've shared this book with three generations, and each felt it spoke directly to them and their stage of "memory fog." In this era of digital overload, who doesn't feel their memory is overtaxed? For me, this book was a godsend. It's helped to redirect my nervousness about forgetting passwords, phone numbers, names, and where my car is parked -- into practical exercises and strategies. Accessible, easy to use and downright fun, I love this book. The recipes alone made me feel better. I guess there's hope for mid-lifers like me!
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Dr. Green has provided us with a unique and practical book for cognitive vitality. She is a legitimate and recognized expert in the psychology of aging and dementia, and has worked for many years to counsel and train elderly persons with memory and other problems. The book has many useful exercises that the average reader can employ at home. I highly recommend this book.
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It's true what they say, the memory is the first to go -- and as much as we hate to admit it, some of us find our memories in rapid-fire fail mode. Dr. Green has created a program that will not only put you on the road to cognitive sharpness, but it's darn entertaining too. I find the exercises engaging and fun to complete. The book further helps by providing you with nutritional information, tasty meal plans (complete with well laid out grocery lists), and physical exercises all geared towards strengthening your mind. As an added bonus, the book was co-written by the editors of Prevention, one of the trusted leaders in health publications. That made the decision to follow the Brainpower Game Plan a no-brainer for me.
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I found this book in a bucket shop for 3$AUS. My memory, particularly for people, has been failing me increasingly for the last 20 years, though I have always maintained an excellent memory for ideas. Sometimes forgetting people has been embarrassing and I have had to resort to deception to pretend to remember people.
I expected this book to make some small improvement over a period of several weeks, but within a few days, I was feeling sharper and my memory felt like it had improved greatly, which, it actually has.

There are essentially three elements to this plan: diet, physical exercise and mental exercise.Living in East Africa, I have been able to follow only some of the dietary advice, but, in particular I feel that starting to eat fish again (she specifies the right types of fish for omega 3 fatty acids) after being a vegetarian for 35 years, had a marked effect. Part of the adaptation of her dietary prescription was to introduce green tea in large quantities and I suspect this also is having an effect.
I phoned my wife to ask her to pick up a couple more copies of this book.

It does not affect the quality of the book, but I would suggest that the "improvement of up to 78%" claimed is a meaningless statistic, being as a part of the test is a box-checking exercise revolving around lifestyle choices, many of which are dealt with in the book. Thus, if you take the first test and don't tick the boxes relating to exercise and dietary habits, and then follow the book's recommendations, you have automatically improved your score based on your actions and not on the result of those actions.
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Brainpower Game Plan
Cynthia Green and Prevention

This book would be a good book if it was just about health and nutrition. This is a subject that the editors of Prevention know something about. The claim on the front cover that using the techniques within the book will increase your memory up to 78% is misleading. It lacks psychological validity. The test that was cooked up was not evaluated or at least tested on a sample and reported within the book. The editors suggest that you repeat the test after performing the exercises within the book. This will lead to a practice effect or increase in the scores. The food recipes that are suggested are just fine.
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The Brainpower Game Plan has many, many great menu suggestions, brain games and exercise routines that will keep you from being bored. I've already lost a few pounds and I don't have the unhealthy cravings I used to have.
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This book looked really interesting. The reading was full of studies, which could be helpful, but occasionally just caused me to glaze over and skim. I was most looking forward to the plan itself, because it solved the weekly meal plan problem with healthy meals. Unfortunately, while reading through, I realized the shopping list and the meals don't always coordinate. The first week there was a recipe that called for canned salmon which was nowhere to be found on the list. A second week recipe calls for endive cups... not on the grocery list (and possibly not in my grocery store). The lists end up being really expensive-looking (based on my grocery shopping experience), especially when they are only written for one person! So it plans the meals (mostly, I'll be skipping the tofu and veggie burgers- again, not on the shopping list!), and I will have to write out the shopping list myself. Okay.

Also,what is with all the Larabars as snacks? Did Prevention get a sponsorship from Larabars to write this book? I'll stick with the other options of snacks.
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