Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Ideas to Get (and Stay) Smart as We Get Older

Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Ideas to Get (and Stay) Smart as We Get Older

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While most of us are convinced that exercise increases our physical well-being, it's less commonly appreciated that the brain too needs exercise. It's a dynamic organ that improves with use and challenge.

The more you know about how your brain works, says Dr. Richard Restak, author of the fascinating new book, Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot, the better your chances of using it efficiently and optimizing your intellectual capabilities at any age.

Much of the book is devoted to 28 activities or exercises designed to enhance your brain's performance. (See our front page article for examples.) The author, a neuropsychiatrist, gives advice on reconstructing words into meaningful patterns known as memory pegs." He explains how we lose touch with ourselves if we allow our emotional memories to disappear, and also provides a deeper understanding of the functions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. …

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