Train your brain
Beautiful brain, beautiful you : look radiant from the inside out by empowering your mind
Marie Pasinski with Jodie Gould.
New York : Hyperion, c2011.
A Harvard neurologist shows women how to tap into their brain's potential and look radiant from the inside out. Dr. Pasinski reveals how laughter, exercise, restorative sleep, and a brain-boosting diet not only improve cognitive performance, but gives a renewed sense of energy.
Boost your brainpower : proven ways to keep your mind young
Frank Minirth.
Grand Rapids : Revell, 2010.
Most people use less than 5 percent of their overall brain potential. Boost Your Brainpower helps readers tap into the other 95 percent through the mental exercise of vocabulary building and memorization. With the exercise in this book, readers can improve test scores, increace IQ, memorize more information, communicate more effectively, and excel in work and interactions with other people. The book also reveals eight time-proven memory technique encourages Scripture memorization, and offers insights into language that will open new doors for any reader.
The overflowing brain : information overload and the limits of working memory
Torkel Klingberg ; translated by Neil Betteridge.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
  1. Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-196) and index.
  2. Translation of : Översvämmade hjärnan.

Do you blame your forgetfulness on the fact that you are getting older?  Maybe you need to "re-wire" your brain.  Or you might need a "Brain Fitness Program."

Memory shape ups

MSNBC's mind-challenging exercises gauge how well you remember:

Pictures, Lists, Words

Our brains change with age and at a different pace for each of us.  Some studies being done today are showing the mental decline that seems to take place in the lives of most older persons doesn't have to happen.  Many seniors remain "as sharp as a tack." 

The new word in this area is "plasticity."  It refers to the capacity of the brain to change physically by developing new connections between the millions of brain cells.  The scientific term for this is neurogenesis: the birth of new neurons.  These connections are part of the network of neurons that adapt to external stimuli.

New experiences, intellectual challenges, and even physical activity can promote and strengthen these connections.  Use it--by mental stimulation and intellectual challenges--or lose it and experience that mental decline.  Sensory experience and mental exercises can play a part improving memory and attentiveness.

Supercharge your memory! : more than 100 exercises to energize your mind
Corinne L. Gediman & Francis M. Crinella.
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., Inc., c2008.
  1. Includes bibliographical references (p. 149) and index.
  2. Getting started -- Lesson one : Thanks for the memories -- Lesson two : Your learning style -- Lesson three : Working memories made easy -- Lesson four : Long term memories that last -- Lesson five : Attention, please! -- Lesson six : Make an association.
Names and faces made easy : a fun and easy way to remember people
Jerry Lucas.
Dallas, Tex. : Lucas Educational Systems, 2000.
By teaching your mind to make intangible names tangible, you can learn and remember more people than you ever thought possible.

Our aging brains can be taught to be young again through such things as reading, solving puzzles, learning a new language, taking music lessons, developing new physical and intellectual skills.  These activities, in turn, can help us to learn new things and to think creatively.  Stories abound of those in their nineties and even 100s who have the wisdom that comes with experience, judgment, and memory. 

Look for more studies, information, and reports on the discoveries being made today about how even a damaged brain can change and adapt to that situation. 

The brain can improve itself throughout life by responding to each person's experiences.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff