People often ask what they can do to preserve their brains. While no one can predict who will get Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, there are certain steps recommended by experts often enough to have some sticking power. We can't change our genetic background but we can change our diet. We can't change our couch potato past but we can start to exercise. We can't change how we've let our minds stagnate but we can start to exercise them now.
A new book by Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D. and the editors of Prevention magazine is out to help us do just that. Dr. Green has served on the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System since 1990. She is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She has teamed up with the editors of Prevention magazine to publish Brainpower Game Plan: Foods, Moves and Games to Clear Brain Fog, Boost Memory and Age-proof Your Mind in 4 Weeks.
Brainpower Game Plan is actually a fun project. You take tests, score yourself, read inspirational testimonials, keep a journal and do many other things you've seen elsewhere. However, this book also gives food suggestions to replace the unhealthy diet you may have been following. It even includes a grocery list. It shows physical exercises you can do to help your body operate better. There are, of course, many stimulating brain games and other advice.
One of the appeals of the book, and what makes it different from many others, is that it guides you along on a daily adventure. It's friendly to read, comfortable to hold and not intimidating or, the opposite, childish. It's rather like having a workout buddy in print. I can see spouses and friends sharing this project to keep up the enthusiasm, though the book is designed to keep you enthused all by yourself.
Related articles on exercise, diet and brain games can be found throughout the OurAlzheimer's archive, however these come to mind: Moderate Exercise Can't Hurt - Might Help, High Fat Diet May Add to Alzheimer's Risk, Fast Food Diet Could Contribute to Alzheimer's, and Use It or Lose It: Games to Keep the Brain Health.
Brainpower does a fine job of combining these repeatedly studied methods of a healthy life style in general, and brain health in particular. The book, published by Rodale, can be found in bookstores and online.
Published On: September 27, 2009