I’m reading a fascinating book that I highly recommend. It’s called The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age. It’s by three people–Alvaro Fernandez and Elkhonon Goldberg with Pascale Michelon.
Several weeks ago I became aware of the book via email from an ADHD-related organization. You can read more about the book and even download a discussion guide at sharpbrains.com.
It seems as if new information is being shared about our brains every day! Gone is the idea that the brain is an organ that cannot recover from injury or that is hard-wired. Now we are learning about the incredible ways it can grow and regenerate and change — neuroplasticity. (Neuroplasticity is a concept that I first heard of four or five years ago when I read The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. Here’s what Wikipedia says about neuroplasticity: “Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.”)
The SharpBrains Guide is all about the ways we can take care of our changeable brains throughout life. The recommendations of ways to maintain brain health are based on current research that supports the idea of brain fitness. As the authors say in the introduction, “Just ten years ago, it was still rare to see the word ‘brain’ appear next to ‘fitness’ or ‘training,’ or the word ‘cognitive’ followed by ‘enhancement.’ Today, not a week goes by without a new media report or scientific announcement linking these words . . . .”
You might want to look to this book for, among other things, instructions for becoming your own “brain fitness coach!”