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Monday, November 12, 2012

Maximum Brainpower; Challenging The Brain For Health And Wisdom Book Review and Giveaway

Do you walk in to a room only to forget what you came there for in the first place.  Do you find yourself in the middle of a conversation forgetting what you were talking about?  I do these and many other odd behaviors that make me think that I am either going crazy or worse; succumbing to Alzheimer'sYes, I am only 47 years old, but I do worry about Alzheimer's because I have an uncle who was diagnosed with early onset in his 40's.  He has progressed since and it is painful to watch him retreat into his own mind.

For myself, I think my biggest scare was several years back when I left work and actually forgot where I lived.  It took me about an hour and a half of driving in circles to remember.  I only lived 5 minutes away!  During the same time frame the boys had a baseball game.  I was in the stands and decided I needed a snack.  Once I bought my snack, I turned around and could not remember where I was.  Scary?  Yes! After a doctors visit and MS and other issues were ruled out, it was finally diagnosed as stress. I started exercising and organizing my life and I have not had anything like this happen again.

At times my memory failures scare me, but I have learned to laugh at them more often.  It makes it much easier when I see others around me doing much of the same. In fact, It took me a while to write this book review..............I forgot where I placed the book after I received it.  Ironic huh?

In an era of technology, it is so easy just to Google the name of a song or movie you can't remember.  I found myself using Google a lot.  Now I try to exercise my brain as much as possible doing puzzles, brain teasers, reading, and I make myself sit and think about something I have forgotten instead of just saying "ah it will come to me."  But even these exercises can be of minimal help if you do not develop a lifetime strategy.  I discovered from reading this book that the biggest challenge is to "unlearn" from our past experiences.  Once we learn something we tend to be satisfied to let it end there instead of building upon it.  

I recommend this book to anyone who is experiencing memory loss or who wishes to help avoid it as long as possible.

About The Authors
Shlomo Breznitz is the founder of CogniFit, a company devoted to the goal of improving cognitive fitness. The author of seven books and many scientific articles, he has been engaged as a visiting professor by numerous leading institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the London School of Economics.

Collins Hemingway is a writer and technologist who has co-written several books and written innumerable articles for the general public.

Challenging The Brain

Most people realize that a fit brain is likely the most important contributor to a long, healthy and active life. "Maximum Brainpower" discusses the brain in a way that is understandable, interesting and challenging. The book provides a lifelong strategy to keep the mind active and the brain healthy.

Did you know that?

  • Mental stress can have more devastating impact on us than physical stress.
  • Experts are often less mentally agile than jack-of-all-trades.
  • Hope is a major healing agent.
  • Mental exercises such as crossword puzzles and Sudoku are of minimal help in building brainpower.
  • A college education can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by two-thirds. The main benefit of college is it provides more interesting and challenging career choices. The more challenging our life work, the more stimulated our brains become and the greater the cognitive reserves we build.
Dr. Breznitz states that we can't change what happened earlier in our lives, but at any age we can begin to engage our brains. We can take college courses NOW. We can learn new skills...a musical instrument or a new language. We can engage in new activities...especially those involving physical exercise, which helps build the brain. The greater the variety of our activities, the better it is for the brain. Every different thing we do stimulates our brain in different ways.

Click here to read inserts from the book. You can purchase Maximum Brainpower; Challenging The Brain For Health And Wisdom  from and Barnes and Noble for $17.80.
Want to Challenge your Brain?  One of Victoria's Voice readers has the opportunity to win Maximum Brainpower; Challenging The Brain For Health And Wisdom.  

Entry is easy.  Just leave a comment below on one of the following topics:

1.  What do you hope to gain from reading this book?
2.  What is your biggest fear about memory loss?
3.  Tell a story about an experience (funny or scary) you have had with memory loss.  

The giveaway ends 12/28/2012 at 12:00 am.  A winner will be chosen by and will be notified via email.

Disclosure: I was provided Maximum Brainpower for review.   I was not compensated in any way in order to provide a positive review. All opinion are my own. For further policy disclosure please click here.


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