This book contains some interesting ideas, but they are repeated ad nauseam. Okay, okay! Even my middle-aged brain has got the point. Please move on. This would have been better as a magazine piece.
Yes, whenever I think my brain is decreasing its performance and making me feel old.
The original ideas transmited by the author in a very friendly way of writing.
An easy listen due to quality reading and interesting research. Concepts are somewhat belaboured. I would have preferred a faster pace. That said, the content is more than worthwhile. I have recommended the book to several friends.
Yes - There were parts I'd like to review one more time.
The age bracket for the "new" midlife age span.
The going into the basement story - How we all can relate!
too scientifc for a film
This book was great for reassuring a large amount of us out there that are caregivers for parents with Alzheimers that there is hope. Those names that just won't come - well that's because the brain is working better in other areas. It was great to listen to some scientific data that backs this all up.
This book is pretty short, but the first couple hours were repetitive and seemed to go on forever. That part can be can be summarized as: 1.) Middle aged people misplace their keys and forget why they went to the basement; 2.) Middle age people have experience and patience, so they are really valuable; and 3.) All the author's friends and associates are professionals and have graduate degrees. I guess that makes them even more valuable in spite of losing their keys and forgetting why they went to the basement.
A couple hours in, she gets into a substantive review of some pretty interesting science around brains, dementia, and the care and feeding of our brains. The last three or four hours make up for the first couple.
This was a great listen! The writer describes why aging brain is not that bad. Although memory declines, older brains are more positive and are better in dealing with a variety of situations. At times, I find the book repetitive, but I think this is done so that the points can really hit home. I really like the ending where she talks about her friends and the roses. What a great way to end the book! The narrator did a great job and brought the book to life!
The Truth shall Set Ye Free
The narrator had a pleasant voice, I suppose, but frankly I think I prefer to listen to the deeper timbre of a male voice. That was a surprise, given I give a LOT of speeches and know that my voice is decidedly 'female' (aka 'higher pitched'). hmmm.
It highlighted what I already knew, garnering a stronger sense of urgency. The problem is that too many people, no matter their AGE, buy into the bull that as you reach your 'middle years' (which the writer suggests is 40-thru-60s) you mentally slow down. I believe she confused MENOPAUSE with 'aging'. Hormonal replacement will help her, :).
NO. Unfortunately she appears to have written a book designed to entertain, but not backed up by FACTS, only by theories, and like so many theories (quantum theory comes to mind), it is not provable thus it is FICTION. Personally I do not have time to read FICTION and I certainly don't like having my time wasted by listening to FICTION. (In the case of Quantum Theory, think 'Science FICTION."
The narration was good, albeit I prefer a male voice.
This is the kind of rhetoric that 'demeans' older people. I for one didn't like it when I heard it from others at a very young age. I was a professional programmer from the age of 12 on, and often heard baloney about 'older' programmers. Back then in the 60s I KNEW it was baloney, and I was offended because I felt it denigrated people who had vastly more experientially acquired UNDERSTANDING than I did... and even then I thought "one day they'll be saying this about ME". Now 53 years later, I find I have to fight back harder against the sheepule (most people ARE sheepule after all) who are wont to believe anything that others say particularly if said with the 'voice of authority' or frequently in public media/social media outlets. It is appalling that there are those who actually believe an 18 year old can know more about ANY subject than an expert in the same field who has many more years of experience. I was a great programmer at 12, but at 65 I am a phenomenal people leader, and I know it, even while, as I said, I have to fight back stronger than when I was in my teens-30s against being judged based on my age. THANKFULLY I have a LIFETIME of being judged on my SEX. It should be noted that personally I am a REAL feminist, in that I believe that men and women are created to be equal BUT different. Women are generally smarter than men (when they bother to learn how to use their brainpower) and men are always stronger than a woman of the same size/build. It is FACTUAL. There are compensating things one can do to 'balance out' such physical realities, of course. I have studied martial arts for 47 years now, AND carry (know how to use) a gun. I also spend an inordinate amount of time LEARNING. It is very important to constantly be learning something new, if you intend to keep your mind active throughout your life. Ditto for your body. I walk 5-6 miles EVERY day at a fast pace and have recently discovered, much to my chagrin, that people in their teens through 50s are frequently not as fit as ME. That is important. But even more important, I now realize I'm going to have to budget my time to write a book refuting these baloney claims about deteriorating mental abilities of people in their 'middle years' (btw I think the middle years are from 50-85 today in the first world). My family members in their 90s are emailing / texting me DAILY, and are not slipping mentally AT ALL, btw.
Interesting science, but too many personal references to anxiety about aging.
A little less emphasis on assuming the reading is in middle age and panicking about getting old.
I'm not sure
How exercise helps create new neurons. The brain is plastic and can grow new cells, and science is finally overcoming the dogma decreed in 1913 that the brain can't change.
The book often referenced getting old and then made a point about how the aging brain is actually not as badly in decline as we presumed. This had the ironic effect of creating anxiety by starting with the assumption that we all worry about aging. I'd rather she just explain the discoveries and tone down all the personal concerns. I'd mention it once on the back cover, to pique the interest of older folks who really have started to worry about dementia, but don't harp on it throughout the book and alienate younger people.
I have really enjoyed listening to this book.
I found it very interesting and well written.
Very informative and instructive.
The narration is very good.