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Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp

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How come I can never find my keys? Why don't I sleep as well? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? What can I do to keep my brain sharp? Scientists know. Your Aging Brain, by developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, gives you the facts -- and the prescription to age well -- in his engaging signature style.

With so many discoveries over the years, sci
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Pear Press (first published 2017)
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Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audiobook was great to listen to. The author (John Medina) narrates, and he’s clear about he science as well as entertaining.

The book is packed with facts about the brain, especially the aging brain, and includes a wealth of research-based and practical recommendations for keeping cognitively fit as we get older. And it’s never too early to start forming the good habits that will make difference in the later years.

I appreciate that Medina sticks pretty closely to the facts, what we know f
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read, with some great tips for life!

1) Keep social groups vibrant and healthy--including relationships with your spouse and relationships with younger generations.
2) Go dancing frequently!
3) Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and be optimistic about aging.
4) Practice mindfulness and eliminate stress.
5) Continue learning/teaching and challenging yourself.
6) Train your brain with specific video games.
7) Eat a mediterranean diet--lots of vegetables, nuts, olive oil, berr
Angela Gentile
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Misses the Mark

Dr. John Medina’s book, “Brain Rules for Aging Well,” disappointed me. Perhaps I had high expectations as I was impressed with his first book “Brain Rules.” He has labeled himself the “grumpy neuroscientist” and his writing in this book shows. The hefty price ($36.99 CAD) of the hardcover made me believe that the information contained within must be good. As a specialist in aging, and someone who is very interested in the concept of “aging well,” I had to take a look.

I was encoura
Trung Nguyen Dang
Brain Rules for Aging Well is my third Brain Rules book, after the original Brain Rules and Brain Rules for baby. What I love about the book are: [1] lots of information and backed by so many scientific studies (eg those with control group .. etc); [2] great story telling ability; and [3] highly organised with good structure and a summary at the end of each chapter. Each chapters start with two great or funny quotes. I found myself highlighting alot. Let me know if anyone wants to read what I hi ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Those of us who, like me, are in their 70s all have an interest in ‘staying vital, happy and sharp’ so I gave this book a go. Overall it was a disappointment. So much of it was obvious commonsense, with a few insights that I’ll tuck away (for example, that nostalgia is good for the ageing brain) but much of the scientific detail lost me (as I don’t have a science education) and his final prescription for being a ‘super-ager’ defied belief. I couldn’t help comparing his view on ageing unfavourabl ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
What a wonderful insightful read – so relevant and so well written – the information is presented in a manner that is at times humorous (filled with anecdotes that hit the spot), informative, practical and sometimes a little sad. I love the 10 Brain Rules for Aging Well (summarised in the introduction.)
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If what I just read in this book is true
Them this is one hell of a ride

Amazing book

Now I know more about how my brain works

Glad I read it now, so I can start applying the principles

You need to read this book because it helps in understanding your brain and how the relationships you keep, the food you eat, retirement and other stuff affect your Brian even how much you sleep

Well done sir
Chaitali Narla
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple times backed by science!

This book followed the same simple and clear writing style the author has for the baby brain rules book. Dr. Medina breaks down a difficult subject line neuroscience and makes it accessible to everyone in a way that can be applied in life!
Really great information with disclosure of the science that supports it and explains how strong it is. The author is funny and excited about his subject which pulls you into a topic we often don't want to think about. ...more
Marya Atassi
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read book for all ages. Perfectly and simply presented how the human brain - biologically & neurologically –functions, what causes us to age, and how we can reduce the corrosive effects of aging such as memory and cognitive decline, depression, developing dementia, Alzheimer … etc.

Although the subject of aging and its diseases is not such a pleasant one, yet John Medina made reading the book very pleasant with his sense of humor describing and illustrating each point in his book.
Shahiron Sahari
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good scientific explanations behind the usual advice I've always been told - exercise (30 minutes 2-3 times a week, if not every day); good diet (veg, fruits, nuts especially, and little sugar); good sleep (amount varies with the individual) - but also the importance of supplementing all that with constant learning through lots of reading and puzzles, learning new languages, playing an instrument, and being sociable and even argumentative. But also by never retiring and by dancing often and indu ...more
Adrian Li
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I was going through this book, I found myself wanting to write down the "action steps". The detailed scientific explanations in this book are some of the best and worst things I can say about this book.

It's nice to know how things work and why they are the way they are, but I found myself yearning for an enumerated list of specific actionable items. Each chapter has a summary section at the back, but this is often too brief and includes explanations of the science rather than a "DO THIS" list
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
* I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
Fantastic book about our aging brains. It includes tips to keep sharp and young as well as explaining the why and how our brains deteriorate as we age. My 83 year old father has been suffering from Parkinsons disease and what the doctors assume is Lewy Body dimentia for the past 10 years or possibly more. In addition to my father, my 81 year old mother was recently diagnosed with dimentia and depression. This
Christina Dudley
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just as in BRAIN RULES, Medina makes the aging brain lively reading. Just about everything I read in here had been touched on in other brain books I read, but he does a great job of pulling it all together, explaining it in laymen's terms, and giving you a practical plan of attack.

You know already to exercise. You probably know you should keep stimulating your brain through social interaction (with folks of different ages)--but did you know it's *especially* helpful to engage with those you don'
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be beyond fascinating! I feel like I learned so much about the human brain and what occurs during the aging process. I was inspired to learn more after reading this book. Not to mention the fact that this book has inspired me to start trying to make some small changes to my lifestyle in the hopes for a positive effect on my long term brain health.I think that part of the reason I found this book to be as enlightening as I did was due to the fact that I currently have a grand ...more
Trisha Parsons
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't pick up this book thinking that I'd be riveted, or even that I'd read the whole thing, but I read the whole thing, and I often looked forward to picking it up, which isn't something I can say about most research-heavy material. Medina, or Medina's editor, has a great way of making complex ideas about neuroscience and geroscience interesting and accessible. While I didn't retain the nitty gritty details about the workings of the brain, I did retain the meat and potatoes of this book, whi ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is full of great information on aging. However, it is not some stuffy book with just general ideas or highly technical that you cannot understand half of it. No, this book is very practical and full of down to earth information. In other words, the 10 brain rules for aging well can be and of course, should be applied to every day living. I was so encouraged by the simple yet profound ways we can learn how to change our outlook and our bodies as we age. For example, at the end of e ...more
Richard Luk
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a senior for seniors

A book written for seniors by a senior developmental molecular biologist.

As the author is a scientist who has studied the workings of
the human brain, there are a great deal of technical Latin terms in the book referring to various parts of the brain. These terms are difficult to remember, particularly for a senior like myself. Fortunately the author writes with a lively style, and explains the many terms in a manner that is easy to understand even for seniors.

Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. Numerous studies are cited and one study on stress response in mammals, specifically anxiety and pain in rats and mice, stood out for me. Surprising, they found that lab rats and mice feared the men researchers but not the women researchers. Both, male and female researchers did the exact same procedures on the rats and mice too. This finding reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s quote “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” There ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp is pack full of facts about the our space between our ears. The book explains things in a way that makes it easy for anyone to understand and follow. Everyone should read this book and start making changes now because it is never to early for making changes in how we live. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I
do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enj
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though I've read a bit about positive actions to take for the best aging possible, Medina bases his "rules" on scientific studies with notes about those based on a small sample in need of further study. While what most of us know is there--exercise, healthy diet--there is a whole lot more. While I am interested in the science behind the principles, it is possible to skim past some of it and to just read about what's important.

This is a very informative and interesting read incorporating what's p
Sonia Bellhouse
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brain Rules for Aging Well by John Medina

A molecular biologist explains the habits of those people called ‘super agers’ people who stay fit and healthy into old age. The book explores the current scientific thinking and how that can be translated into ordinary lives. Explodes some myths along the way, such as nostalgia is bad for you. It’s actually good to reminisce. Fascinatingly, scientist have managed to double the lifespan of mice but so far there are no human applications. A fascinating rea
Dr. Kathy
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick, informative read with lots of technical terminology that somehow made sense. While not many of the facts Medina presents were new to me, the interesting organization and his matter-of-fact presentation of what we should be doing, eating, and thinking will hopefully stick with me for some time. Brain Rules for Aging Well reinforces, with statistics and examples, what a healthy lifestyle should look like. The one recommendation Medina makes that I have trouble accepting is t ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-top-10-books
Full of facts about how our brains work, and how they typically change with age, John has a mischievous writing style that makes reading pleasant and fun. This is not just a book for seniors. In fact, it is recommended for any age, so that you can adopt lifestyle habits that will make old age happier and far more enjoyable. (Plus, it helps with understanding what is going on with those elderly in your circle.)
I think I'll read it again.
John Wood
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loaded with plenty of information on how the brain works and strategies to protect it from the natural effects of aging. Though fascinating, it tended to be slow reading at times. There were some practical tips but much of it isn't really surprising. It covers the importance of reading, lifetime learning, mindfulness, gratitude, keeping active, nutrition, exercise and an active social life. I'm happy to say that I do a lot of them already. ...more
The author does an excellent job of explaining neurological phenomena clearly and simply, without dumbing it down too much--though he does go a bit overboard with metaphors at times. Lots of interesting information, and some optimistic advice for those of us on the downhill slope of life. Recommended for anyone over the age of 25--since clearly you should really start your aging-well regime before you are too messed up.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Medina makes is very clear that there is no magic bullet. He provides insights from multiple research sources and unapologetically admits that not all studies, scientists, or doctors agree. He also points out several fields of brain science that need more research. All the while, he explains actions, behaviors, and habits that any of us can employ to help our brains continue to perform well as we age.
Mark Zodda
Well-written guide for those of you who are getting older. Those of us who aren't will still find it worthwhile to read. Gives plan of action for how to hold age-related brain problems at bay and even improve. Not sure I buy that all of his action plans are due to causation, but that's just nitpicking. The bottom line is that if you make any of the changes he recommends, you'll be better off for very little effort. Recommended. ...more
Richard Smyth
Nothing New told in anecdotes

Disappointing - nothing new at all - exercise, sleep, vegetarian diet, maintaining interests & social circles, a sense of purpose or faith, mindfulness - all help with ageing - wow who would have thought? Much better to read something from the Harvard Professor - Ellen J Langer such as Counter Clockwise
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