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Use Your Brain to Change Your Age

Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS BETWEEN YOUR EARS.A healthy brain is the key to staying vibrant and alive for a long time, and in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, bestselling author and brain expert Dr....
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS BETWEEN YOUR EARS.A healthy brain is the key to staying vibrant and alive for a long time, and in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, bestselling author and brain expert Dr....
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  • THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS BETWEEN YOUR EARS.

    A healthy brain is the key to staying vibrant and alive for a long time, and in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, bestselling author and brain expert Dr. Daniel G. Amen shares ten simple steps to boost your brain to help you
    live longer, look younger, and dramatically decrease your risk for Alzheimer's disease.

    Over the last twenty years at Amen Clinics, Dr. Amen has performed more than 70,000 brain scans on patients from ninety different countries. His brain imaging work has taught
    him that our brains typically become less active with age and we become more vulnerable to
    memory problems and depression. Yet, one of the most exciting lessons he has learned is that
    with a little forethought and a brain-smart plan, you can slow, or even reverse, the aging process in the brain.

    Based on the approach that has helped thousands of people at Amen Clinics along with the most cutting-edge research, Dr. Amen's breakthrough, easy-to-follow antiaging program shows you how to:

    • Boost your memory, mood, attention,
    and energy
    • Decrease your risk for Alzheimer's and
    other forms of dementia
    • Eat to live longer
    • Reduce the outward signs of aging and
    make your skin more beautiful
    • Promote the healing of brain damage due
    to injury, strokes, substance abuse, and
    toxic exposure
    • Dramatically increase your chances of
    living longer and looking younger
    ••And much more.

    By adopting the brain healthy strategies detailed in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, you can outsmart your genes, put the brakes on aging, and even reverse the aging process. If you change your brain, you can change your life--and your age.

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    NANA, LISA, AND RUTH

    KNOW YOUR NUMBERS TO KEEP YOUR MIND HEALTHY AND PREVENTALZHEIMER'S AND OTHER DISEASES OF AGING

    I can never find my keys. Sometimes they show up by theeggs in the refrigerator.

    I am fifty-two. Isn't that normal?

    Think again!

    When Lisa was a young girl she adored her nana, hermother's mother. Nana and Lisa baked cookies together, played cards for hours,told silly jokes, and picked plums in Nana's backyard. Nana taught Lisa how tocan the fruit for plum jam, which they loved to share. Nana was veryoverweight, so she would hold the ladder while her granddaughter climbed theladder for the plums. On nights Lisa slept over, Nana always read to her. Lisaremembers laughing so hard that she would sometimes snort at the silly voices Nanaused when she read the stories. At night in the dark they promised each otherto always be best friends. Lisa loved snuggling into Nana's body, which wasever so soft. She felt unconditional love in Nana's presence, which was one ofthe best feelings she remembered from her childhood.

    Then, when Lisa was about twelve years old, somethingstarted to change. At first, it was barely noticeable. Nana seemed lessinterested in their time together. There were no more jokes, fewer stories, andNana said she was too tired to play games or pick plums. Nana was also moreirritable with Lisa, even sometimes yelling at her for what seemed like noreason at all. Lisa was devastated, but Nana did not pick up on the social cuesthat should have told her that her granddaughter needed soothing. Lisaremembers this as one of the saddest, most confusing times in her life. Shewondered if she had done something to make Nana mad. "What's wrong withNana?" Lisa would ask her mother, but time and again her mother would say,"Don't worry. Nana is fine." This only deepened Lisa's pain andconfusion. Maybe she really was the problem and Nana had just stopped lovingher.

    Her grandmother was sixty-five years old when Lisanoticed the changes. Around this time, Nana had been diagnosed with diabetesand high blood pressure. Lisa remembered watching Nana take her pills and hershots to feel better, but no one seemed overly concerned about her health.

    When Lisa was fourteen, Nana took a dramatic turn for theworse. With Lisa in the car, Nana got lost on the way home from the store. Nanapanicked and stopped a man who was walking across the street to ask for help,but she could not tell him where she lived. She appeared frightened andconfused, like a child. Lisa asked the man to call her grandfather, who came topick them up.

    Once they got home Lisa cornered her mother. "Look,Mom, I know something is really wrong with Nana. Her brain isn't working right.She needs help." Still, the family continued making excuses, normalizingwhat was obviously not normal behavior. Looking back on this time, as an adult,Lisa remembers being furious, feeling she was, even as a young teen, the lonevoice of reason shouting into a bitter wind. After Nana got lost several moretimes, the family finally was concerned enough to take her to a doctor whodiagnosed her with something called senile dementia. He recommended Nana livein a nursing home for people with memory problems.

    Gone were the happy warm feelings she once enjoyed whenshe visited her grandmother. The nursing home where she now lived smelled"medical" and felt cold, and Lisa felt odd and afraid in it. Shenever knew which Nana she'd find on these visits: Sometimes Nana smiled whenshe saw Lisa; sometimes she did not recognize her at all. Sometimes when Lisaread to Nana she seemed engaged and happy, other times her grandmother...

About the Author-
  • Daniel G. Amen, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and part of the
    clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

    He has published forty-five professional articles and a number of audio and video programs, and is the bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Change Your Brain, Change Your Body; and The Amen Solution.

    He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the host of six popular public television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking retired NFL player brain imaging study at Amen Clinics and is one of the architects of the Daniel Plan, a project of Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church to create brain healthy churches.

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  • Mehmet Oz, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair Surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia and host of The Dr Oz Show

    "Dr Amen magically shows us that the aging of our brain need not match the aging of our bodies. The tools he offers to avoid injury to this most precious real estate in our body are priceless and will keep us thinking sharply throughout our progressively longer lives."

  • Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life "If you want to think smarter, you need to have a healthier brain. This is another incredibly helpful book from Dr. Daniel Amen for anyone who wants to increase their brain capacity. I want to stay sharp, and that's why I read everything Dr. Amen writes, and you should too!"
  • Michael Gurian, author of Leadership and the Sexes and Boys and Girls Learn Differently "Use Your Brain to Change Your Age is inspiring and practical. Its case studies make this book powerfully impactful, both for adults and young adults in schools. I can't think of a single reader who won't find himself or herself represented in the stories of women and men who have used Dr. Amen's wisdom and research to live healthy lives. This is a must read for anyone interested
    in the human brain and the body that shelters it."
  • Hyla Cass MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health "Thorough, practical, and inspiring, this is an essential guide to reclaiming your brain--and your life!
    It's never too late to start... or too early. I recommend it to anyone with a brain."
  • Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Team Neurosurgeon, The "I couldn't stop reading Dr. Amen's new book until I was finished. As a holistic neurosurgeon, I found it to be the best user's guide to optimal brain function I have ever read. His incredible storytelling skill combined with practical information will change your life."
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