- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (April 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780071713764
- ISBN-13: 978-0071713764
- ASIN: 007171376X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Save Your Brain: The 5 Things You Must Do to Keep Your Mind Young and Sharp Paperback – April 9, 2010
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Paul David Nussbaum is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in aging across the lifespan and brain health. He lectures nationally and internationally on the human brain, brain-behavior relations, diseases of the brain, and brain health promotion.
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Nussbaum’s develops five critical areas: 1) Socialization 2) Physical Activity 3) Mental Stimulation 4) Spirituality and 5) Nutrition. He then tells how each one of these concepts is important and what we need to do to optimize each area. For example, he makes it clear under nutrition that the brain must have certain fats to thrive, and not the kind that comes from chips and fries. Under spirituality, he makes the case that regular meditation, prayer, or other types of mental rest and reflection help the brain to take a break from its rigors.
I wish I’d had this book when I was in my thirties; I might be much smarter now. Kidding. But I do think, from what Nussbaum says, that it’s never too late. One of his most important points is that taking care of the brain helps to build a mental reserve, which helps to fight off or delay dementia. Each one of the five areas is important and works in conjunction with the others. If you’re curious about how your brain works or how to stave off old age, this book may be a good place to begin.
One other point Nussbaum makes repeatedly is that we must continue to learn things that are “novel and complex” for us. For me, I ought to learn sign language because I’ve never done anything like that before. For others, it might be trying to learn a complex camera or studying a musical instrument. The task must be novel and complex for the individual. Take up knitting if you’re normally all thumbs!
The book also explains nutrition and how food is related to brain health. In the back of the book Dr. Nussbaum includes great recipes.I have not tried them all yet but the blueberry crips (pg 183)are a big hit with my girls..
We have adopted a lot of the lifestyle changes already such as;
family game nights, taking walks, eating better, yoga and breathing exercises (to calm the body).
Simply put this book is a must read for anyone that is wanting a healthy brain and a much more fulfilling life!!
P.S.I even allowed my 7 year old to teach me how to play chess.. (She thought that was so funny!!)
Bring on the brain reserve!!