Sunday, April 17, 2016

MENTAL FLOSS



Not just baby boomers are thinking about the aging process and what will keep their minds ready, able and free of too many senior moments. Although the medical and scientific communities do not always agree about what keeps the brain sharp and without debilitating illness, there is general agreement that exercise, good nutrition and making brain use a priority will help prevent cognitive decline. So what is on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library that might help stimulate your mental activity?

A good general book is Brain Longevity is not just about how to retain your brain power but also to rejuvenate it once it is lost. Author Dharma Khalsa is a doctor who sites scientific studies to defend his theories.

Maybe your goal is to fight forgetting. In Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, author Joshua Foer studies with the mental athletes who teach him an assortment of memory methods.


 Are you a word person who likes the idea that vocabulary games will fire up your brain? The Scrabble Book by Derryn Hinch is a classic title for all skill levels and promotes winning strategies. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary will help players develop greater vocabularies.  And if your method of brain fitness is to read, try Word Freak by Stephen Fatsis, which is all about competitive and obsessive professional Scrabble players who play to win. Always wanted to try crossword puzzles? Then read How to Solve Crossword Puzzles by Norman Hill.

Whatever direction you are going to stay mentally fit, remember that all roads lead to the public library where every kind of book is available.

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