The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind, by Barbara Strauch

Strauch interviewed dozens of neurological scientists for this book and discovered that, from their studies using brain scans, they are finding out that the brains of middle aged and older people are more flexible, adaptive and able to be kept fit than previously thought. Brain capacity reaches its peak in middle age, after that is it simply a downward slide? What can aging baby boomers do to keep their brains, as well as their bodies fit? Among the positive findings are that the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions and helps us adopt a more optimistic attitude in our middle years. Strauch is a health and medical science editor at the New York Times.

RATING:  *** A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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