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Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most

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A proven program from #1 New York Times bestselling author and brain researcher Dr. Daniel Amen to help you change your brain and improve your memory today!
Brain imaging research demonstrates that memory loss actually starts in the brain decades before you have any symptoms. Learn the actions you can take to help not just prevent memory loss later in life . . . but to begi
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Tyndale Momentum (first published October 1st 2017)
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Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
While I may only be eighteen and don’t actually suffer from dementia, I found the advice in this book to be quite helpful. This book gave me a long list of foods I should avoid and activities I should be doing to reduce my chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease in the distant future. I do think this book could’ve been better with at least a hundred pages taken out that weren’t necessary.
Angela G. Gentile
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learn all about the Amen Clinics Memory Rescue Program and a little about improving memory skills

I am a geriatric mental health clinician, and frequently I am asked: “How can I improve my memory skills?” The usual recommendations from doctors are, “Exercise and learn new things.” I have been on a quest to find some other tips and tools that people can use to help improve or maintain their brain and memory functions as they age. This need has led me to try to find the perfect book to recommend to
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review of Memory Rescue is based upon an advance reader copy that was unedited and for promotional purposes only.

The book focuses on memory loss, its many causes, and preventative measures. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. offers a program that not only detects factors contributing to memory loss through different testing but also offers possible remedial measures through diet, exercise, and supplements. See Doctor Amen's descriptions of SPECT imaging as well as QEEG testing on page 33. It was encoura
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for those wishing to keep their memory intact. There are many case studies of his patients and how he uses the acronym to diagnosis and treat the memory problem. Also talks about nutrition needs.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-nerds
I read this because my friend wanted to do it for our August book club. I had checked out quite a few books from our library at the same time, so this one was at the bottom of the stack. I found it surprisingly easy to read and understand. (You don't expect a book with so much medical and health information to be so readable.) The personal stories in each chapter added to my understanding of the different areas of the risk factors for Alzheimer's, which are remembered by the mnemonic BRIGHT MIND ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
This book contains useful information about our brains and how to keep our brains in top shape throughout our lives. While the book seems to be written for people who might have already showing signs of memory loss as they age, in my opinion, it is applicable to everyone at all ages. There are numerous interventions that can help one avoid memory loss down the road. Take the case of Alzheimer's disease, which is affecting a large portion of the aging population in the United States. According to ...more
Yvonne Glasgow
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, Memory Rescue by Daniel G. Amen, MD. I found it a very comprehensive guide to memory loss and memory building. It covers points we all should already know about but also introduces some other reasons for memory loss and ways to save or regain memory that you may not have already heard about. It's not the easiest read (it's long and full of a ton of information), but it's laid out well and explains things in understandab ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, health
Once again, Dr. Amen provides a wealth of information in an incredibly useful (and readable) format.

Don't let the title fool you -- although it IS about repairing and recharging your brain, your whole body is the target. Aging, meet Amen!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author mentions anecdotes about his successes but does not mention his failures. He is against caffeine that other sources recommend.
Erin Kathleen (CTBookGirl)
I was not sure where to rate this book. I found the information very useful, relevant and important however for me, I didn't find all of it necessarily all new information. I feel like "you are what you eat" is old news but this did have an updated relevancy. Overall the book was well written and I would recommend it to those not as educated in the food/body/mind arena.
I received this book from Goodreads through a giveaway.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book serves as a guideline to identify risk factors for memory problems and gives specific suggestions how to improve memory. Exercise, sleeping, eating, and more are included. Well documented.
Anjar Priandoyo
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
As the purpose of this book is for brain health, this book is a good one. It explains a way to maintain memory, the most important part of our humanity.
Nimish Maskara
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Most findings in the book are based on correlation. Correlation does not imply causation. However, it makes it easy to buy into unverified information that can make a person misguided and confused. He has associated things like 6-7hrs of sleep with car crash. At multiple points, the text induces the reader to perform a lot of lifestyle changes. To an extent, it’s quite okay and the emphasis on exercise, diet, and supplements makes sense. However, the exaggeration to a degree that can make a read ...more
Cat Juggler
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in dementia prevention; Alzheimer's begins its treacherous path in your 30's.
Recommended to Cat by: Heard about the author on a KFAX radio program; prior to this I'd seen him on PBS but didn't watch the program because I thought he might be quack.
Many brain SPECT examples, before and after treatment, however, that doesn't really tell us how to read them...yep! that 'after' sure looked good. 👍

"The official program of the Amen Clinics."
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-407) and index
Contents MEMORY IS LIFE: A breakthrough approach to memory issues, aging, and Alzheimer's -- How the brain works: learn about the most important part of you -- What trouble looks like: how brain imaging changes everything -- BRIGHT MINDS:
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memory problems for older people are a big problem. While no medication has been found to come to the rescue, there is much we can do to improve our memory and even prevent some forms of dementia. Amen lays out the risk factors and what we can do to reduce or eliminate them.

Amen writes, “...your brain does not have to deteriorate. With a little forethought, you can slow or even reverse the aging process in the brain.” (82) He gives tons of information on the factors that affect brain health. He
Michelle Arredondo
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Charge your brain and improve your memory....I need that in my life. I've been at this book since November. I decided to take my time reading this one instead of getting at it all at once. It's an interesting read with many absorbing tidbits and good information. I don't know about reversing memory loss....but for the most part I am still quite intrigued by what I am reading and will continue to do so.......

Until I am completely finished and can form a strong opinion about this book...I'll come
Paul Manytravels
This book tells you everything you could want to know about how to avoid memory loss. While there is a certain amount of memory loss that will occur no matter what, there is also a lot that can be done to minimize the severity of the loss.
This book offers interventions from every direction: changes in diet, specific vitamins and supplements, activities, changes in behaviors and routines and the list goes on. Not only does the book offer lots of suggestions, it explains the science behind them.
Joan Magill
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything I Forgot and Intellectually Knew in One Place

Sixty-six is quickly becoming a reality next month. I am always interested in learning more techniques to increase memory. I have read an abundance of self help, personal development and diet books, none of which has inspired me to truly look at my whole health and fitness.

This book is the best book I have read to date that incorporates a realistic assessment on how the choices we make everyday affect the positive and negative operation of
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
"Memory Workouts by Brain Region:

Prefrontal Cortex:
- Language games, such as Scrabble, Boggle, and Words With Friends; crossword puzzles; speech and debate classes in college; strategy games, such as chess, Rail Baron, Axis & Allies, and Blokus

Temporal Lobe:
- Memory games; memorization of poetry and prose (increases hippocampal size)

Parietal Lobe:
- Math games like sudoku; juggling (occipital lobs and cerebellum); golf, even for novices; map reading without a GPS device

Basal Ganglia:
- Balancing,
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of "Memory Rescue" by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. through the "Good Reads First Reads Giveaway."

This is a sincere, science based and informative book. We have an aging population concerned about memory loss.

Although this book is more valuable as a reference, it does motivate the reader to take better care of their brain. It concentrates on different additives and exercises, which should benefit all of us. Despite the name of this book, "I will have difficulty remembering many of
Mary Casey
Interesting with many facts and tips but drawbacks

I borrowed this book after seeing Dr. A men's program on a PBS fundraiser. I found the live presentation interesting and informative. The book started to get on my nerves after a while. It's very detailed, which is both good and bad. The information is valuable, but it just got to be too much. The bottom line is eat right, exercise, watch your weight, and other basics.

Too much of the book was a plug for his clinics (which appear to be expensive
Ironically, I was typing in Brain Rescue and fortunately Goodreads popped up with so the correct title!
Clearly this book alone is not a cure, but it is full of a lot of good ideas for the improvement of brain health, with the hope of avoiding or staving off dementia and Alzheimer's. Many of the ideas are lifestyle related, but there are quite a few supplement suggestions.
I'm still determining it's usefulness, and wondering why he is the only doctor who does brain spec scans as SOP, so can't give
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
While there is nothing wrong with this book and the brain science stuff was interesting, there is nothing new here. The diagnostics are different but the treatment is the less, eat more plant foods, limit gluten and dairy, exercise more - both cardio and weights, and if you have a boring job or are retired, make sure you engage in learning activities. These are good recipes for good health, but I didn't need yet another 400 pages to tell me so
Peggy Haslar
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
Brain health! This book is a very readable and motivating look and what everyone can do to reshape the brain for optimal functioning. It's not just about aging. Head injuries, exposure to toxic chemicals, poor sleep and diet affect our memory/brain function as well. Supported with case studies and before & after scans to show what a difference intervention makes, Memory Rescue can change your thinking and help you take huge step to improve your health and well being. ...more
Becky Shelton
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Tips, but the app sucks

I think this is a great book, and I was pretty excited to utilize the associated app (after getting through the paywall). The app needs an update. It’s very glitchy and slow. I’m glad that I was able to get my brain score, but it’s hard to navigate without it just crashing.
Prince Kaizen Namwali
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BRIGHT MINDS. Everything about the explanation of that acronym is profound and might as well be the cornerstone of Health. This book helped me reverse the fate that i was creating with my decisions. The fact that i dont need a SPECT Scan to change the cellular and physiological composition of my brain is life changing
Joyce E Bell
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good advice

I chose this book because I've felt like I have brain for and trouble concentrating over the past few years. My memory and attention to detail used to be fantastic. This book helped with suggestions on what could cause the decline and I look forward to trying the suggestions to see if female a difference.
Shelly J. Hogan
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource,

This book is full of excellent information and strategies for recognizing potential problems and repairing brain issues. It is insightful, easy to read and understand, and very practical. I am already implementing what I have learned. I highly recommend this book. Get it, read it, do what Dr. Amen recommends and get brain healthy!
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I really enjoyed the brain scan images and stories associated with each patient, and I liked the creative alphabetical chapter setup for the different risk factors. I read this book very quickly for non-fiction, similar to how i read fiction novels, and attribute that to the creative design and sequencing. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem I have with this book is that people will begin to use all of the supplements lauded by the book without checking with their doctors to find out if these supplements will be okay to use with their prescription medications and what are some the side effects of these supplements.
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The Washington Post called Dr. Daniel Amen the most popular psychiatrist in America and named him the web's most influential expert and advocate on mental health.
Daniel Amen is a life-long Christian and graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He is a double board-certified psychiatrist and multiple NY Times bestselling author, with such blockbuster books as Change Yo

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