Book Review: The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind, by Timothy R. Jennings, MD
Growing older is inevitable. Being 63 years old and recovering from a broken hip/leg, I’m well acquainted with that fact. I’m not recovering as quickly as I did in my 20’s. While I can deal with the physical challenges, I’m more concerned about the mental troubles that are associated with aging. Can I avoid dementia which my step-father wrestled with in his later years?
Dr. Timothy Jennings believes that the answer to that question is “Yes.” It is possible to maintain a sharp mind, vitality, and independence as we age. In his latest book, The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind, he shares ideas that can be implemented each day to avoid disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s.
The first half of the book is more technical and includes up-to-date scientific research on aging. The second half of the book is more practical and includes easy to implement ideas and actions. In Part 1, the author discusses the problems of aging, how healthy brains are developed in the womb and our early years, the impact of our ancestors, and what role our genes play in the equation. In Part 2, the author explores elements that contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle and brain health including obesity, sugar, oxidation, tobacco, and substance abuse. In Part 3, the author discusses the activities that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and brain health including exercise, sleep, rest and vacations, beliefs about God, mental stress, and love. In Part 4, the author discusses Alzheimer’s, the role of vitamins and supplements, and how to reduce other risk factors. He also includes a chapter on how to care for a loved one with dementia.
Each chapter contains “Learning Points” which summarize the chapter into bullet points. There is also a section called “Action Plan” which gives simple, practical ways to implement the concepts.
The book is helpful and informative, but you have to be willing to wade through the medical jargon to understand and benefit from the ideas.
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