Staying Sharp For Dummies
Your brain controls who you arehow you think, feel, and act. As you age, it's not uncommon to want to remain as sharp and "with it" as you were in your younger years. Whether you want to hone your memory, manage stress and anxiety, or simply eat brain-healthy food, Staying Sharp For Dummies shows you how to keep your mind sharp, agile, and creative well into your golden years.
Research shows anyone can improve brain performanceand it's never too late to make changes to achieve your optimal brain health. While brain exercises certainly help, it's also vital to promote healthier living as a holistic way to support brain health. Staying Sharp For Dummies explains how keeping physically fit, eating right, managing stress, and even connecting with others helps give your brain the boost it needs to stay sharpwell into your golden years.
- Build a better brain through nutrition, lifestyle changes, and brain workouts
- Cope with a specific brain disorder, such as stroke, Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's
- Stay sharp and improve memory and concentration
- Access an online bonus chapter from Alzheimer's For Dummies and Dementia For Dummies
If you or a loved one are looking for authoritative, accessible guidance on staying sharp, this essential guide endorsed by the American Geriatric Society and the American Geriatric Society Health in Aging Foundation covers the gamut of lifestyle and activity changes that can maximize brain function and health.
Part 1: Getting Started with Staying Sharp 5
CHAPTER 1: Training Your Brain 7
CHAPTER 2: Improving Your Language Skills 23
CHAPTER 3: Sparking Your Creativity 31
CHAPTER 4: Recognizing Faces and Remembering Directions 41
CHAPTER 5: Getting a Handle on Brain Games 49
CHAPTER 6: Puzzles 63
Part 2: Boosting Your Memory 111
CHAPTER 7: Cultivating Your Memory Skills 113
CHAPTER 8: Discovering How Your Brain Remembers 127
CHAPTER 9: Memory Tricks and Tips 147
CHAPTER 10: Keeping Your Memory Sharp as You Grow Older 157
CHAPTER 11: Schooling Memory 171
CHAPTER 12: Honing Your Long-Term Memory 185
CHAPTER 13: Improving Your Short-Term Memory 197
CHAPTER 14: Keeping Your Memory Intact in a High-Speed World 209
Part 3: Managing Stress: Relaxing Mind and Body 221
CHAPTER 15: Understanding Stress 223
CHAPTER 16: Relaxing Your Body 257
CHAPTER 17: Stress-Reducing Organizational Skills 279
CHAPTER 18: Meditation 101 301
Part 4: Improving Your Lifestyle: Nutrition and Exercise 331
CHAPTER 19: Eating, Exercising, and Getting Your Zzzs 333
CHAPTER 20: Maintaining a Healthy Weight and Fitness Level 357
CHAPTER 21: Considering a Plant-Based Diet 381
CHAPTER 22: The Skinny on Superfoods 407
Part 5: Healthy Aging 431
CHAPTER 23: The Four Major Health Concerns as You Age 433
CHAPTER 24: Evaluating Your Health and History and Setting Goals for Wellness 477
CHAPTER 25: Stroke Risk Factors and Prevention 499
CHAPTER 26: Don’t Worry, Be Happy: The Keys to Maintaining Health and Vitality 531
Part 6: The Part of Tens 549
CHAPTER 27: Ten Ways to Make Your Home Safer as You Age 551
CHAPTER 28: Ten (Plus) Almost-Superfoods that Can Help Round Out Your Diet 559
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people.
The Health in Aging Foundation is a national non-profit organization established in 1999 by AGS to bring the knowledge and expertise of geriatrics healthcare professionals to the public.
For the 10,000 Americans who turn 65 on any given day, “getting wiser” with age also means getting smarter about an important part of overall well-being: mental health. Now, a new book—Staying Sharp For Dummies (Paper; ISBN: 978-1-119-18779-0; Available April 2016)—outlines simple things you can do to promote healthy aging and “cognitive vitality,” which can include everything from honing your memory and managing stress to eating healthy foods as part of living well.
We all know that wisdom increases with experience, but staying mentally sharp means being proactive—especially since our brains change as we age, affecting how we learn and even remember information. The good news is there are lots of things you can do to keep your brain focused and working well throughout your life, and Staying Sharp For Dummies offers practical, how-to tips to do just that.
Endorsed by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS’s Health in Aging Foundation, Staying Sharp For Dummies explains how keeping physically fit, eating right, managing stress, and even connecting with others can help give your brain a boost to stay sharp at any age, especially in your golden years.
A related book, Alzheimer’s & Dementia For Dummies (Paper; ISBN: 978-1-119-18773-8; Available May 2016), slated for release in May, will feature a condensed, AGS-endorsed blend of best practices from earlier versions of Alzheimer’s For Dummies and Dementia For Dummies. This new hands-on guide will walk through different scenarios you may encounter when living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia as an older adult, caregiver, family member, or friend.
About The American Geriatrics Society:
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit americangeriatrics.org. The Health in Aging Foundation is a national non-profit established in 1999 by the AGS to bring the knowledge and expertise of geriatrics healthcare professionals to the public.
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