Review: The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain
Barbara Strauch

This is a fascinating book.  The author has pulled together scientific studies of the brain and written a book I can understand. (And it didn’t put me to sleep!) She explains why many of us walk into a room and say, “Why did I come in here? What did I need?”  She made me feel better about getting older.  I’m not losing my mind.  The filter in my brain just doesn’t work as well as it did when I was young.  But this is a good thing, because it helps me see the big picture and enables me to make connections between many different things.

Strauch writes about how ideas are changing about middle age.  There is no “empty nest syndrome.” Exercise has been shown to benefit the brain as well as the body. Scientists are trying to figure out why some people seem to be protected from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Are there things that anyone could do to protect themselves? I highly recommend this book to everyone between the ages of 40 and 70.

About Jerilyn

Jerilyn is a children's librarian at DBRL's Callaway County Public Library.
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