...Especially because I've been diagnosed with 'Early Advent Alzheimer's" I feel both my cognitive and recall abilities are not so sharp any more. I have been reading up on ways to slow my fall into oblivion. The most prevalent preventative advice is to exercise my mind. The trick is that I can't keep working the same kinds of puzzles and games and books and suchlike.
So I look for fresh mind challenges. So I grabbed YOUR BEST BRAIN EVER BY Michael S. Sweeney, with 58 Brain Health Boosters by CYNTHIA R. GREEN, Ph.D. Of course I looked up Dr. Green, she's a star at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She's for real.
By chance, when I lived in L.A, 'my' hospital was Cedars Sinai. I trust any institution with Sinai in its name.
I checked the other (primary, actually) author, Michael S. Sweeny; he's also a Ph.D, but in Journalism; he's done a number of very-well received books with other brain/neurological stars. So, five stars for credentials and prior successes. I'm mostly through the book and I believe on my way to significant progress. Hope it keeps on keeping on.
One thing though. I get (very) mild headaches when I do the exercises. My long-time neurologist say that's good, as it signifies brain sections and synapses are growing. And I haven't even gotten to
those MVP (Most Valuable Prescriptions I guess) meds.
Anyway I dove into the book, was impressed. It's clear, concise and per my experience in brain-care, right on. And then some. As it's the most recent book of its kind, just out last year,
YBBE is probably clinically ahead too.
Like its cover says, it's a complete guide & workout. The guide covers nature elements to battle fading minds like mine, from causes to coping and delaying mind melts. I particularly liked The 'MVPs' of Your Mind, a list of finally acknowledged natural elements to keep or recover brain function. All are on my buy list. Seven elements which can immediately help your mind.
The 'MVPs with an general explanation of what they do were new to me. My current doctor mentioned
none of them. Although I've been fighting this brain problem since the 1970's. Amazing.
On to Dr. Green: She has four prior books which led to this tome. She's the fixer, neuro-designer, the creative game developer. This book is very recent - 2013 - with the newest exercises to exercise your brain. No, not just puzzlers, one suggestion: writing, memorizing and reciting poetry? There are many more specifically targeted brain tasks which build (my metaphor) mind muscle.
Like all my reviews I will re-review in three or four months saying how I'm doing.If there's
a problem, I'll report it. If improve (or just hold my ground) I'll quantify that
too and no-doubt give YBBE 5-Stars. I've very hopeful. Stay tuned. rc