The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind
by Judith Horstman and Scientific American
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint
Hardcover: 280 pages
Welcome to the new old age! There has never been a better time, in all of history, to grow old. But will your brain age as well as the rest of you?
In her fourth engaging book about the brain, Judith Horstman presents a realistic and encouraging overview of the well-aged brain, a sobering look at what can go wrong, and the latest in what neuroscience is finding might help you––and your brain––stay healthy longer.
A new and positive message about growing older, The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain is an indispensible user’s manual on how preserve what you’ve got, minimize what you’ve lost, and optimize the vigor and health of your brain as you grow older.
Culled from articles in Scientific American and Scientific American Mind as well as current research, the book explains how your brain grows and the changes to expect in a healthy aging brain.
There’s plenty of good news. While your brain does slow down with passing years, far from disintegrating, the healthy mature brain fades quite slowly and the elder brain remains able to change and learn well into old age. And myths of a miserable old age are just that. In fact, studies show that for many, happiness increases after the age of 70.
Moreover, dementia, depression, and delusion are not normal parts of aging but diseases that may be treated. While it’s still difficult to predict what brains will fall prey to Alzheimer’s disease, brain scientists are finding an association between lower risks of dementia and five healthy lifestyle practices that Horstman shows how to put into place right now.
Praise for The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain
“Judith Horstman elegantly describes the well-aged brain, and what the latest research suggests to preserve its power and its function.”––Mehmet Oz, MD, of the Dr. Oz Show and Professor of Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
"The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain is a trusty guide to vibrant
later years. Any baby boomer would be smart to read this book -- and so be
likelier to stay smart longer."–– Daniel Goleman, Author The Brain and Emotional Intelligence.
“This brilliant book on the aging brain provides vital knowledge about how our brains change with age and what we can do to enhance the incredible potential contained within each of us. A must read for all aging brains!”––Marc Agronin, MD, geriatric psychiatrist and author of How We Age.
“Packed with practical advice and the latest information about the brain as it ages, the Healthy Aging Brain is an indispensible user’s manual, essential for keeping your brain young and healthy as the cerebral odometer ticks away.” ––R. Douglas Fields, author of The Other Brain.
The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Loveby Judith Horstman and Scientific American
In her third enthralling book about the brain, Judith Horstman takes us on a lively tour of our most important sex and love organ and the whole smorgasbord of our many kinds of love—from the bonding of parent and child to the passion of erotic love, the affectionate love of companionship, the role of animals in our lives, and the love of God.
Drawing on the latest neuroscience, she explores why and how we are born to love—how we’re hardwired to crave the companionship of others, and how very badly things can go without love. Among the findings: parental love makes our brain bigger, sex and orgasm make it healthier, social isolation makes it miserable—and although the craving for romantic love can be described as an addiction, friendship may actually be the most important loving relationship of your life.
Based on recent studies and articles culled from the prestigious Scientific American andScientific American Mind magazines, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain offers a fascinating look at how the brain controls our loving relationships, most intimate moments, and our deep and basic need for connection.
Praise for The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain
“A superb exploration of that painful, intoxicating, and mysterious mess of emotions that we call love. Judith Horstman’s lively prose tells all you ever wanted to know about love, and more.”—Paul Ekman, professor emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; author,Emotions Revealed
“A wonderful book, filled with unexpected insights and practical tips. Judith Horstman’s writing is fun and compelling. I highly recommend it.”—Daniel G. Amen, MD, author, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body and The Brain in Love
“This wonderful and accessible book will definitely make you rethink what you thought you knew about love. It does an outstanding job making a tremendous amount of data about such an important topic easy and fun to understand.”—Andrew Newberg, MD, director of research, Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; coauthor, How God Changes Your Brain" This book wonderfully and engagingly summarizes how and why our brain plays the major role in us getting swept away by the magic of love and human connection.”—Marco Iacoboni, professor of psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles; author, Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others
"In The Scientific American Brave New Brain Judith Horstman takes us on a delightful—and hopeful—tour of the near-future of neuroscience and how we can all benefit."
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"Judith Horstman’s newest book is a gift of fascinating, useful information on how to understand and optimize the most important organ in your body... The book is beautifully written, accessible, and important. I highly recommend it."
—Daniel G. Amen, MD, best-selling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
"It is practical, fun,
easy to read and filled with interesting, useful information. I highly recommend this book."
—Daniel G. Amen, MD, best-selling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
"A terrific read—
fun and chock-a-block full of fascinating facts and ideas. Judith Horstman takes us on a romp through the day and the night, telling us what our brains are doing on an hourly basis. It also provides some wonderful and solid advice. I learned from it, and you will too!"
—John E. Dowling, PhD,
Gund Professor of Neurosciences, Harvard University, author of Creating Mind: How the Brain Works
|Excerpts of Editorial Review: Inside Bay Area
...It's everything you ever wanted to know about the brain in language you can understand...
"I wanted to write a book my 13-year-old granddaughter could understand but that a neuroscientist would enjoy," Sacramento-based Horstman said in an interview.
She has succeeded, beautifully.
|Editorial Review: Publishers Weekly
Fascinatingly, Horstman shows how, as hormone and neurotransmitter levels change throughout the day, there may be an optimal time for everything.
Moving through the workday, Horstman discusses stress, decision-making, hunger and fatigue, ADHD and more, before returning home to cover music, humor, sex, fear and sleep.
Horstman's lively prose is packed with useful information: meditation increases attention while delaying aging; brain exercise and a strong social network decrease the odds of developing dementia; diet can quell morning crabbiness, increase afternoon focus, and promote sleep...
|A Clear & Effective Guide
After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis and bringing his symptoms under control through tai chi, Dr. Paul Lam created a complete program to help others lead a more active, pain-free life.
This book also covers food, dietary supplements, exercise, modern drugs, touch therapies, and more.
Clear, full-color photographs walk you through each tai chi movement. Exercises can be adapted for people in wheelchairs or for those with limited mobility.
|Colleague Dr. Paul Lam
Dr. Paul Lam began suffering from arthritis in his twenties and, faced with having to take arthritis drugs for the rest of his life, decided to explore alternative approaches, including tai chi.
After studying with several masters, he became an expert tai chi master, winning the gold medal at the Third International Competition in 1993.
In 1986, Dr. Lam founded the Better Health Tai Chi Academy in Sydney. He has taught worldwide and is internationally known for his tai chi books and videos. His Tai Chi for Arthritis courses for physical therapists and tai chi instructors are in strong demand at arthritis foundations.
Judith practices Dr. Lam's tai chi program and has found that it both relieves her osteoarthritis symptoms and contributes to her serenity.
|Excerpts of Readers' Reviews: Amazon.com
If you are only going to buy one book on arthritis, make this the one. I had to review it for an arthritis magazine, and was so impressed, I went out and bought my own!
—J.P. Cantle, London, England
This book will be welcomed world wide for its sensitivity and hope. It raises teaching techniques to a new level of clarity with easy to follow directions for people of all nationalities and ages. Beautifully co-authored by the award winning medical journalist, Judith Horstman, the book is brought to life as if Dr Lam is the reader's own doctor, instructing in personal consultation.
all consumer health collections."
—Lisa McCormick, Library Journal and Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnat
This book aims to be a 'common-sense guide through the maze of the most-used complementary therapies for arthritis, to help you choose wisely among the many options available,' and it
—Joan Price, Amazon.com
|Editorial Review: Amazon.com
More than 43 million people of all ages in the U.S. suffer from arthritis, an often disabling disease for which conventional medicine offers only limited relief from pain—and no cure. Arthritis patients are increasingly seeking alternative therapies, yet these have their drawbacks, too: though some have proven benefits, many others are expensive and work for only some, others are useless, and some are dangerous.
This book aims to be a "common-sense guide through the maze of the most-used complementary therapies for arthritis, to help you choose wisely among the many options available," and it succeeds beautifully. The book lists 22 complementary therapies, from familiar ones like acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, and yoga, to less accepted treatments like copper bracelets, magnets, and bee stings (don't worry, the book isn't recommending this, only providing information). The "Nature's Medicines" section discusses more than 40 herbs and supplements.
The book describes each therapy and how it is used, presents scientific evidence and expert opinion, and gives tips on how to find a practitioner and information on costs, advice, cautions, and resources in a helpful and reader-friendly style. There are also guidelines for working with your doctor, choosing a therapist, and avoiding rip-offs.
Author Judith Horstman, a two-time Fulbright Scholar and award-winning editor of Arthritis Today magazine, makes the point that complementary therapies cannot "cure" arthritis or replace proven medical treatments. They can, however, ease symptoms and improve your outlook, and may even enhance the effects of your conventional treatment. This is an extremely useful and beautifully illustrated book for arthritis sufferers seeking to expand their treatment as informed consumers.
—Joan Price, Amazon.com
|Photographer: Tamás Révész
Mr. Tamas Révész was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1946. He is a photographer and graphic designer based in New Jersey. A Pulitzer Memorial Prize winner, Révész has had one-man shows around the world.
Renown American photographer Peter Turnley wrote, "He embodies the spirit of several of his Hungarian predecessors, including Brassai, Capa, Kertesz and Moholy-Nagy, and this sensibility, creativity, cosmopolitanism, drive and warmth have blessed the world of art and photography. The culture and people of his adopted country are extremely fortunate to have this brilliant, important talent among them."
Hungarian photographers come from a lineage of artistic virtuosity, which helps to explain their universal appeal and recognition. The power, clarity and truth of their visual perception distinguish their work. The Hungarian sensibility combines that which is visible to the human eye with that which is perceptible only to the human soul. Révész inherited that legacy, which is reflected in his work.
Révész has published ten books and is comfortable living and working in both the United States and Hungary. "I feel myself fortunate today that I feel at home both in Hungary and in America and that I can contribute some way with my work to both countries."