Mental Fitness for Life

Mental Fitness for Life

7 Steps to Healthy Aging

Book - 2003
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A new vision of aging-a revolutionary program to keep your mind and memory sharp This groundbreaking new book begins with a startling premise: Not only can mental function and memory be maintained into old age, they can be improved and developed to the end of life. Leading gerontologists Sandra Cusack and Wendy Thompson introduce total fitness for the brain, a program they have developed over years of research and practical work in the field. This new program allows anyone to achieve a more positive mental attitude-an attitude that is characterized by optimism, mental flexibility, self-esteem and a willingness to take risks. Quizzes and brain teasers are used to develop creative thinking, which is critical to maintaining an active, flexible mind. Research has shown that, in some people, keeping an active mind and being positively engaged with the world may even delay or slow the effects of Alzheimer's disease. Many retirees start to disengage from an active life as they feel a diminished sense of responsibility in their lives. Mental Fitness for Life offers a way out of the damaging negative thought patterns that perpetuate reduced brain functioning in the elderly. Although this mental fitness program is designed for retired and elderly individuals, it is also suitable for anyone who wants to increase their mental acuity and get the most out of life. Each chapter begins with a mental fitness warm up consisting of quizzes and puzzles to get your brain limbered up. 1. Why are 1990 American dollar bills worth more that 1989 American dollar bills? 2. Is there are fourth of July in England? 3. How many animals of each sex did Moses take on the ark? Quizzes or puzzles are followed by one of seven key components of mental fitness, with references to research and practical experience. Each chapter concludes with assignments-- practical activities to incorporate into your daily routine.(September 2003)
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Key Porter Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9781552632369
Characteristics: 256 p. :,ill. ',23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Wendy J. A.


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Aug 28, 2018

Sandra Cusack and Wendy Thompson have written a very useful book about aging. They have shattered the myths surrounding this topic and talked about aging in the 21st Century.The authors have provided seven steps to healthy aging and by following these steps one can maintain an active and flexible mind. The mind exercises at the introductions to each topic are intriguing.

Jun 19, 2013

This is an excellent and very easy to read book on critically evaluating assumptions about aging that we all gain through life. Many negative assumptions about aging are totally wrong. Once we challenge those assumptions, we can move forward into a positive view of aging, a life lived with purpose and passion.

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