Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day

Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day

Daniel G. Amen

Language: English

Pages: 397

ISBN: 0307888932

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A healthy brain is the key to staying vibrant and alive for a long time, and in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, bestselling author and brain expert Dr. Daniel G. Amen shares ten simple steps to boost your brain to help you live longer, look younger, and dramatically decrease your risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Over the last twenty years at Amen Clinics, Dr. Amen has performed more than 70,000 brain scans on patients from ninety different countries. His brain imaging work has taught him that our brains typically become less active with age and we become more vulnerable to memory problems and depression. Yet, one of the most exciting lessons he has learned is that with a little forethought and a brain-smart plan, you can slow, or even reverse, the aging process in the brain.

About the Author
DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He has published 26 books including the New York Times bestsellers Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public-television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking Amen Clinics' retired NFL player brain imaging study and is intimately involved with The Daniel Challenge, a project of Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church to create brain healthy churches.

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