High-octane brain 5 science-based steps to sharpen your memory and reduce your risk of Alzheimer's

Michelle Braun

Book - 2020

A Harvard- and Yale-trained neuropsychologist outlines a research-supported program for bolstering the memory and protecting the brain from Alzheimer's, drawing on cutting-edge approaches from eight brain-health experts to discuss related nutritional, fitness and preventative therapy options.

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2nd Floor 616.8311/Braun Due Jul 11, 2024
Self-help publications
New York : Sterling [2020]
Main Author
Michelle Braun (author)
Other Authors
Karen Postal (writer of foreword)
Physical Description
xv, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-255) and index.
  • Introduction: Your future self
  • Part I: The new game-changing rules of brain aging. The high-octane brain revolution ; The journey begins ; A fresh start: how to maximize your brain health
  • Part II: 5 steps to a high-octane brain: the EXCELS method. Step 1: EXercise is the X-factor ; Step 2: Consume healthy food ; Step 3: Engage and learn ; Step 4: Lower stress and boost well-being ; Step 5: Sleep for better brain power
  • Part III: High-octane brain role models. Meet your brain health success squad: high-octane brain role models ages 44 to 83 ; Meet your brain health hall of famers: high-octane brain role models ages 91 to 103
  • Coda: Meredith and Lou: closing the circle
  • Appendix I: How to use the high-octane brain tracker ; High-octane action plan form ; High-octane tracker
  • Appendix II: Dr. Melanie Chandler on treatment of mild cognitive impairment.
Review by Library Journal Review

A "high-octane" brain is a one that is tuned to perform at the individual's optimal level. Neuropsychologist Braun (Psychology Today) has devised a Brain Health Action Plan to help achieve this goal, along with reducing and delaying the development of Alzheimer's. Her method focuses on five lifestyle modifications that can help with maintaining brain health, and each factor is thoroughly explained and explored throughout five chapters: Exercise, Consume Healthy Food, Engage and Learn, Lower Stress and Boost Well-Being, and Sleep. These chapters also feature Q&As with experts in the field. Libraries should be aware that the book is also meant as a workbook, so there are some blank pages of the action plan and tracker system, and readers are instructed to stop and consider tasks throughout the text and complete the relevant pages. For public library collections, this book is an essential addition as it describes a practical and evidence-based behavior modification program (as opposed to passive apps or rote memory games) that, through consistent practice, has the potential to have positive and lasting effects on an individual's brain health. VERDICT An informative resource for all health collections.--Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Los Alamos, NM

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