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I bought this book because I am already old, do want to keep my mind sharp, and I have always admired the author. The real content -- get exercise, get sleep, avoid sugar and carbs, eat the Mediterranean diet, keep a healthy weight, stay engaged and active, meditate, etc. -- could have been summed up in a magazine article and has been in many. It's one of those books that goes on for the first fifty pages or so telling you what it's going to tell you, and has a good deal of it is "Do as I do." I'm writing this review only because many people my age really ARE concerned about their mental sharpness and have limited funds.
The 24 Question Self Assessment at the beginning of this book was probably the scariest thing I've experienced in a long while. I answered YES to almost every question. Thankfully, the remainder of the book explains that most of these issues can be corrected. Improvements can be seen in just 12 weeks. There is hope. I have not been to a doctor for this (yet) but I believe I may have mild cognitive decline. My mother has Alzheimer's and I am her caregiver. I have a multitude of health problems of my own. I recently started following the NEURO Plan as outlined in the Alzheimer's Solution by Drs Dean and Ayesha Sherzai. I have already noticed a difference and hope to follow this program for life. Dr Gupta's book, Keep Sharp, adds another depth of self-treatment and prevention which I truly believe will make a difference. Keep Sharp also offers more in depth explanation of how the brain works and how simple changes truly can make a difference. This book offers an action plan that can be implemented today.
Keep Sharp explains how the brain works and how our lifestyle impacts cognition. Dr Gupta has written it in a style that is easy to read and interesting. Some parts are quite technical but easy to follow. Please don't be afraid to read this book. It's comforting because it's real. It's not just hope, it's attainable.
Of special interest to me were the 12 myths and 5 pillars. Myths dispelled include being doomed to forget things as we age, only using 10% of our brains, the ability of crosswords to help keep us sharp, and many more. The 5 Pillars are: - Move - Discover - Relax - Nourish - Connect Each of these are included in the NEURO Plan (Nutrition, Exercise, Unwind, Restore, Optimize) but are approached from different angles. Keep Sharp offers even more tools and inspiration.
One of the last chapters offers hope for caregivers. I found it of particular interest since I take care of Mom. Financial and emotional concerns are covered. But it also tells the story of a Dutch village for the elderly that I wish we could duplicate here. Our system isn't always set up for a smooth final chapter of our lives. We tried placing Mom in a very high end assisted living facility for Alzheimer's patients. The result was a broken hip that left her immobile and no longer a candidate for their care. We refused to put her in a nursing home where she would be strapped to a bed and have her depends changed every two hours. So we brought her home.
I don't want to leave my children with the responsibility of taking care of me if I develop dementia. I don't want to do that to myself, either. I'm willing to take the necessary steps to control every factor that is within my reach. Keep Sharp will be an important tool in my box.
Gupta says that it takes just 12 weeks of diving in with each of the 5 pillars to make a real difference. I'll be back in 12 weeks to update my review.
I have been following Sanjay Gupta for some time, but during the pandemic, his presence in our lives has taken on new importance. With the wealth of conflicting information out there and the sources we would normally turn to during a time of crisis compromised, in our family we came to rely on three sources for accurate pandemic information: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and our family physician. Dr. Gupta's accessibility, common sense approach, and down-to-earth way of speaking about complex matters made him a rare voice in the pandemic wilderness.
It is with this background that I eagerly bought Dr. Gupta's latest book. I've been waiting for weeks for its release. I am of an age where brain health has become a significant issue for me. I know many of us worry about how to beat back the dementia demon. This book will help.
An accessible read with a wealth of information, this friendly book will help you (and me!) to keep your brain sharp with easy-to-implement everyday steps we can all take to keep our brains healthy and strong. As always, well written by the good doctor!
for both now and the future of preparing for, maintaining and repairing your brain to be its most healthy.
“Keep Sharp” is a positive, motivating read and not the usual celeb-health, sell me stuff tome I’m used to finding. It’s got bits of biographical info that share his true motivation and stories of relevant experiences that give punctuated purpose to the data that’s been shared and it all flows together seamlessly. The writing is engaging and accessible, even the science is written for mere mortals to appreciate!
Gupta has the book broken into 3 parts that make for easy use: 1: The Brain - Meet Your Inner Black Box - this is as you might suspect, lots of anatomy, clearing of false assumptions, updating on current research 2: The Brain - The Brain Trust - How Not To Loose Your Mind - this is the section for practical application and discussions about how real life effects our brain - exercise, sleep, diet, learning, relationships, mindfulness. Most of this is NOT speculative or his favorite theories but studied science with data to prove direct brain impact. The 12 Weeks To Sharper Plan is at the end of this section. 3: What To Do, How To Thrive - this area is the nuts and bolts on Alzheimer’s Dimentia and other neural diseases. Gupta included organizations to contact for assessment, care, legal support, and more. Again as in section one, the science is not too erudite and the entire feeling is one of Hope and that we can effect change and have a positive effect on our own lives as well as supporting the scientific efforts.
As an added benefit, the Kindle edition has interactive notes that include both the Notes and Index. It goes so far as to include websites for hospitals and service providers mentioned in the book. That feature will save users untold amounts of time and possibly moments of angst; a GREAT gift to we readers and users.
Professionally published and edited, “Keep Sharp” is a book that can offer solid guidance on brain health for all and advice on navigating neural disease at any stage. Highly recommended 📚
The book was just what we wanted, great price but when Amazon uses Purolater to deliver, they cannot be counted on to deliver as suggested. Had to call 3 times to arrange delivery when the first attempt was never really attempted ... all other Amazon delivery methods work great.