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Keep Sharp

Keep Sharp

Build A Better Brain at Any Age

Book - 2021
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Throughout our life, we look for ways to keep our mind sharp and effortlessly productive. Now, globe trotting neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta offers insights from top scientists all over the world, whose cutting-edge research can help you heighten and protect brain function and maintain cognitive health at any age. Keep Sharp debunks common myths about aging and cognitive decline, explores whether there's a "best" diet or exercise regimen for the brain, and explains whether it's healthier to play video games that test memory and processing speed, or to engage in more social interaction. Discover what we can learn from "super-brained" people who are in their eighties and nineties with no signs of slowing down-and whether there are truly any benefits to drugs, supplements, and vitamins. Dr. Gupta also addresses brain disease, particularly Alzheimer's, answers all your questions about the signs and symptoms, and shows how to ward against it and stay healthy while caring for a partner in cognitive decline. He likewise provides readers with a personalized twelve-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day. Keep Sharp is the only owner's manual you'll need to keep your brain young and healthy regardless of your age!
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2021.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501166730
1501166735
Characteristics: 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Loberg, Kristin - Author
Alternative Title: Build a better brain at any age

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BPLAdultLibrarians Jul 14, 2016

The Emmy Award-winning CNN chief medical correspondent and best-selling author of Chasing Life draws on cutting-edge scientific research to outline strategies for protecting brain function and maintaining cognitive health at any age.


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carolwu96
May 15, 2021

I first heard about this release from an episode of @armchairexppod , in which neurosurgeon and medical reporter Dr.Sanjay Gupta discussed the importance of prevention for illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. ⁣

I have to admit that a lot of the information in the book flew right over my head, especially that concerning families and caretakers of those already diagnosed. However, there was a section on advices for people who wanted to protect their brain health which I especially appreciated, and here I will be sharing Dr.Gupta’s five pillars of brain protection: ⁣

1.Exercise and movement ⁣
2.Sense of learning and discovery ⁣
3.Sleep and relaxation⁣
4.Nutrition⁣
5.Social connection ⁣

Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, but for a couch potato like myself, there has been many misconceptions about working out. Rather than spending hours at the gym, apparently all that is needed to remediate a sedentary lifestyle is as little as two minutes of moving every hour and one hour of exercise after work!⁣

I was also fascinated by a Dutch dementia community as described by Dr.Gupta. Rather than a hospital-like facility, this community mimics an ordinary neighborhood with a variety of services and entertainments except all employees are trained medics. Patients are also placed with those with similar experiences so that even if they are losing their memories, the environment retains a sense of normalcy and familiarity. ⁣

Disclaimer though: I definitely did not absorb everything this book had to offer, as I focused only on sections relevant to my current circumstances. There are also phone numbers and named organizations for those who need them, however, and it is definitely an informational tool book for people at all stages of mind enhancement.

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Samandar
Mar 08, 2021

Well intentioned but, overall, disappointingly basic. If you're already reasonably informed on this topic, you're not likely to learn much that's new to you. I wound up skimming it all the way through just to be sure I wasn't missing any nuggets of wisdom (there were a few for me, such as the link between hydration and brain fog, but I really didn't need to be told not to eat donuts).

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writermala
Feb 23, 2021

Reputed Neurosurgeon Gupta has the ability to make complex medical matters simple. He explains things in layman's terms on TV and does so in this book also. "Keep Sharp" scared me at first because Gupta tells us that diseases like Alzheimer's begin in our brains decades before symptoms show up and there are really no effective treatments for them. However, the sub-title of the book "Build a Better Brain at Any Age," is reassuring and this is what we need to focus on. Gupta has some easy exercises, both physical and mental, to practice that he assures us will go a long way in managing dementia. Reading this book will definitely keep us sharp.

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kitonka
Feb 07, 2021

Brain research put into plain language. The book is an easy-to-read, basic primer for anyone beginning a self-care journey. If you are already leading a healthy lifestyle, you can skip this one as there is nothing new here.

debwalker Feb 20, 2020

Brain project!

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