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2000

KEEPYOUR BRAIN ALIVE
83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness

Lawrence C. Katz, Ph.D. & Manning Rubin
Illustrations by David Suter
3 1150007903129

Workman Publishing Company, New York

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Copyright © 1999 by Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin Illustrations copyright © David Suter Cover and book design: Elaine Tom All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced—mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying—without written permission of the publisher. Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Alien 8c Son Limited. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Katz, Lawrence, 1956Keep your brain alive: the neurobic exercise program/by Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin. p. cm. ISBN 0-7611-1052-6 1. Cognition—Age factors. 2. Cognition—Problems, exercises, etc. 3. Memory—Age factors. 4. Cognition—Problems, exercises, etc. 5. Aging—Psychological aspects. I. Rubin, Manning. II. Tide. BF724.55.C63K38 1998 153—dc21 98-18888

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Workman books are available at special discounts when purchased in bulk for premiums and sales promotions as well as for fund-raising or educational use. Special editions or book excerpts can also be created to specification. For details, contact the Special Sales Director at the address below. Workman Publishing Company, Inc. 708 Broadway New York, NY 10003-9555 Printed in the United States of America First printing May 1999 10 9 8 7 6

e both thank Peter Workman for being our matchmaker, and our editor, Ruth Sullivan, for her steadfast faith in the project and her relentless pursuit of clarity and simplicity in the writing and organization of the material. Larry Katz wishes to thank Doris larovici, his spouse, for her critical insights, advice, and editorial assistance, and Bonnie Kissell, for unflagging administrative support of this project. Manning Rubin thanks Jane Rubin, for bearing the brunt of his burying himself in the research, writing, and rewriting he has been obsessed with for two years, and for her levelheaded observations that helped the book. And he thanks Larry for the voluminous work he has produced in keeping this book alive.

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CONTENTS
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix C H A P T E R I

Neurobics: The New Science of Brain Exercise . . . . . . . . . . 1 C H A P T E R II

How the Brain Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 C H A P T E R III

How Neurobics W o r k s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1 C H A P T E R IV

Starting and Ending the Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 C H A P T E R V

Commuting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 CHAPTER VI

At Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 - 7 C H A P T E R VII

At the M a r k e t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 CHAPTER VIII

At Mealtimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 C H A P T E R IX

At Leisure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

PREFACE
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s the population of over 76 million Baby Boomers approaches middle age and beyond, the issue of preserving mental powers throughout greatly increased life spans has reached an almost fever pitch. There is a growing interest in—and optimism about—preserving and enhancing the brain's capabilities into senior years. With the help of powerful new tools of molecular biology and brain imaging, neuroscientists around the world have literally been looking into the mind as it thinks. Almost daily, they are discovering that many of the negative myths about the aging brain are, indeed, only myths: "Older and wiser" is not just a hopeful cliche but can be the reality. In much the same way that you can...
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