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The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain: The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind
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The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain: The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind [Format Kindle]

Judith Horstman

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Good news about getting older from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind 

The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain taps into the most current research to present a realistic and encouraging view of the well-aged brain, a sobering look at what can go wrong––and at what might help you and your brain stay healthy longer. Neurologists and psychologists have discovered the aging brain is much more elastic and supple than previously thought, and that happiness actually increases with age. While our short-term memory may not be what it was, dementia is not inevitable. Far from disintegrating, the elder brain can continue to develop and adapt in many ways and stay sharp as it ages. 

  • Offers new insights on how an aging brain can repair itself, and the five best strategies for keeping your brain healthy
  • Shows how older brains can acquire new skills, perspective, and productivity
  • Dispels negative myths about aging
  • Explores what to expect as our brains grow older 

With hope and truth, this book helps us preserve what we’ve got, minimize what we’ve lost, and optimize the vigor and health of our maturing brains.

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Praise for The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain "Judith Horstman elegantly describes the well–aged brain and what the latest research suggests to preserve its power and its function." — Mehmet Oz , MD, professor of surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons "The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain is a trusty guide to vibrant later years. Any baby boomer would be smart to read this book—and so be likelier to stay smart longer." — Daniel Goleman , author, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence "This brilliant book on the aging brain provides vital knowledge about how our brains change with age and what we can do to enhance the incredible potential contained within each of us. A must–read for all aging brains!" — Marc Agronin , MD, geriatric psychiatrist; author, How We Age "Packed with practical advice and the latest information about the brain as it ages, The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain is an indispensible user′s manual, essential for keeping your brain young and healthy as the cerebral odometer ticks away." — R. Douglas Fields , author, The Other Brain

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 280 pages
  • Editeur : Jossey-Bass; Édition : 1 (3 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00901B05E
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Some inaccurate information 2 mai 2012
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I have a degree in neuroscience. I thought this book was OK on an introductory level (and easily understood by seniors) until I came across information that was misleading. The author has a section entitled "An Ounce of Prevention: Marijuana Might Benefit Aging Brains." She makes it sound like pot smoking is a good thing, pointing out that some scientists are looking into the interaction with chemicals involved with Alzheimers. But the author fails to mention studies that show the harmful effects of marijuana on the brain, for example she doesn't mention the famous study "Cannibas Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis" published in the General Archives of Psychiatry which offers convincing evidence that marijuana leads to brain damage.

So the author of this book is selective with information that favors her agenda, even though it's not scientifically balanced. Search for Judith Horstman and Marijuana on the web and you'll find a bunch of her articles promoting marijuana for a wide spectrum of medical disorders. If it was all true we'd be taking pot like aspirin. There are medical reasons we don't, and the harmful effects on the brain is one of them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The aging brain: its not all bad. 4 août 2012
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Having read Scientific American Mind I was somewhat familiar with what I found within this book. However it nicely went into more detail and depth, luckily never into the clinical level that you would find in a doctor's reference.

Since you can search in the table of contents of this book, I won't recreate it here. But I will reference the information it covers and note specific things that caught my eye.

Part 1: How your brain grows:
Chapter 1: The well aged brain: Older and Happier
Chapter 2: How your brain grows: 0-60
Chapter 3: Your brain growing older, what to expect in a healthy aging brain
What struck me in this section is that they found in studies people who had more education earlier in life (like college) had less dementia. Essentially continuing to go to school past high school sometimes changed the way the brain formed networks and this helped when they got older. For those that didn't go onto college and were well past that age, they recommended challenging your brain now to form alternative networks so that as you aged, you could fall back on this network forming ability.

Part 2: Threats to your brain
Chapter 4:What can go wrong
Chapter 5: The brain killer

Part 3: How to Optimize your Aging Brain
Chapter 6:The big 5 for Optimal Brain
... a mathematical model that predicted that up to half the cases of Alzheimer's could be attributed to lifestyle choices and behaviors that could be modified. They are (not sure why the title said only 5):
***Lower Education
***Physical Inactivity
***Midlife High Blood Pressure
***Midlife Obesity
Later in this section they also summed up: What was good for your heart, is also good for your brain.

Chapter 7: Exercise your Body
Chapter 8: Challenge your Brain
Chapter 9: Nutrition Fuel for thought
Chapter 10: The Social Treatment
Chapter 11: Creativity, Spirit and Attitude

Part 4: Your future brain
Chapter 12: The future of the brain
Chapter 13: Living in the Now

In this book there was also references to drugs that can impact memory. Three that I recall were Digoxin, Crestor and Coumadin and their equivalents. Knowing people on these drugs, I also realized, you are on them often for life saving reasons and it is not a simple matter of discontinuing as the alternative drugs will still cause this issue. It seems you have 2 choices, die with an intact memory off these drugs or live with impairment. The choice is obvious.

In summary, this book is a great resource on the current state of the art research in brain function as we age. It is not full of medical terms and is very readable. It also serves as a reminder that our health is in our hands and if we don't address things, we will suffer the consequences.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Author Judith Horstman Does it AGAIN! 22 mai 2012
Par Danna - Publié sur
After reading several of Judith Horstman's books, and interviewing her on my TV show, "Paranormal Connection", I said to myself, what more is there to learn about my brain? Then I read Judith's latest release, "The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain", and learned so much more! Judith has an incredible talent for presenting medical textbook information in layman's terms, and interjecting a good dose of humor to keep the reader turning pages.
Not only did I find tips on how to slow the onset of dementia, in her "ounce of prevention" chapter, Judith also shares information on the benefits of marijuana to an aging brain, which I found fascinating! The medical benefits of this herb have been known for centuries and researchers have been studying the active components of marijuana for decades to see how and why it can help ease pain and anxiety, especially in those who are very sick. Smoking anything is harmful -- and Judith is careful to report medical advice NOT to smoke pot, and emphasizes research that shows it's bad for young brains-- but some of the ingredients in this ancient herb could hold hopeful treatments for older brains! .
I highly recommend "The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain" for anyone over 20!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Mostly lightly abstracted Scientific American articles on the aging brain 11 septembre 2012
Par Jerry Saperstein - Publié sur
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This is a very lightweight review of neuroscience developments as recorded in the pages of Scientific American Magazine. The theme of the book, as stated by the author, is that you can't thwart aging, but "there is plenty you can do to age well". The author actually sums up her book in her introduction: "[f]or most of us, older is indeed happier, and researchers are finding that happiness may be its own reward: living an active, optimistic life with many friends and lots of leisure-time activities increases not only the quality of your life but the longevity of you and your brain".

Author Judith Horstman's style is distressingly light and airy. Even when describing the science underlying the conclusions she discusses, the science is more or less left on the steps of the back door. Instead, we get a chatty la-de-da approach: ". . . research on creative accomplishments indicates that in some disciplines, such as the arts, history, and fiction writing, many people produce their best work in their 50s or even decades later. Philosophy, leadership, and politics is another area [sic] in which the older person flourishes - hence, the term elder statesman." No, I am not making this up.

Though there is a list of sources collected in the back of the book, few assertions are supported by citation to a specific source. For example, "a 2011 Rush University study of 1,138 older folks with a mean age of 80 found those who were the most socially active had one-quarter of the decline of the least social". There follows a very general discussion of what the study attempted to measure and how, but it is not the kind of detail that would be useful to a scientifically inclined reader: it is aimed more at the aging person who wants encouragement. Or at least the way it strikes me.

On the whole - and it is unfortunate - this is a lightweight book. It is interesting enough to sustain a reading and may lead you to further reading on the subject.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Big Success for Judith 23 mai 2012
Par Jennifer - Publié sur
This is another outstanding book written by Judith Horstman. She makes the material understandable to the average reader. She gives great ideas on how to keep our brains healthy especially with yoga, tai chi, exercise and the like. If it is a must read if you are interested on how to protect our most valuable resource - our brain. Kudos to Judith!
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