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

by Judith Horstman, Scientific American

Wiley | June 5, 2012 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 280 pages, 9.6 × 7.45 × 0.98 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470647736

ISBN - 13: 9780470647738

Found in: Health and Well Being

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The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain: The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind

by Judith Horstman, Scientific American

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 280 pages, 9.6 × 7.45 × 0.98 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470647736

ISBN - 13: 9780470647738

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi Preface: Live Long, and Live Well xiii Introduction: Welcome to the New Old Age 1 What’s Old, Anyway? 2 How Scientists Are Researching Your Brain 3 PART ONE How Your Brain Grows 7 Chapter 1. The Well-Aged Brain: Older and Happier 9 The Myth of a Sad Old Age 10 Actually, It’s Getting Better All the Time 12 Great Late Achievers 14 Are Grandparents Safer Drivers? 16 Do You Think I’m Sexy? Apparently, Yes—at Any Age 16 A Swell of Centenarians: One Hundred Reasons to Take Care of Your Brain 20 Chapter 2. How Your Brain Grows: Zero to Sixty 21 In the Beginning: Your Fetal and Baby Brain 23 A Brief Tour of Your Brain 24 The Gray and the White: Neurons and Myelin 26 Childhood: Building the Brain 28 Th e Teen Brain: Not Yet Ready for Prime Time 29 Get Smart Younger, Delay Dementia Older 32 The Peak Years: Twenties to Sixties 33 Chapter 3. Your Brain Growing Older: What to Expect in a Healthy Aging Brain 37 The Usual Effects of Aging 39 Do the Brains of Men and Women Age Differently? 40 How Memory Works: The Short Version 41 Why White Matter Matters 45 The Aging Brain: Is It Less Connected? 46 Forgetting May Be Vital to Remembering 47 Five Things Most People Get Wrong About Memory 48 The Good News: Slower Is Sometimes Better 51 More Easily Distracted: Why Multitasking Is a Task 55 PART TWO Threats to Your Brain 59 Chapter 4. What Can Go Wrong 61 When Your Brain Needs Help: How Can You Tell? 64 Th e Darkness of Dementia 67 Mild Cognitive Impair
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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

About the Author

Judith Horstman is the author of The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain, The Scientific American Brave New Brain, and The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain. She''s an award-winning science journalist whose work has been widely published and is the author of four other books. Visit her Web site at www.JudithHorstman.com

Scientific American is one of the most popular science magazines in the world.

Editorial Reviews

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, M.D., 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 of 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, M.D., geriatric psychiatrist and author of How We Age

“Packed with practical advice and the latest information about the brain as it ages, the Healthy Aging Brain is an indispensable user’s manual, essential for keeping your brain young and healthy as the cerebral odometer ticks away.” —R. Douglas Fields, author of The Other Brain

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