The part of the brain that Chapman is focusing on is the frontal lobe. Take care of that area and you can ease the onset of dementia and other brain abnormalities.
It is our frontal lobe that helps us reason and solve the complexities of life. With it you do your planning and decision making. It acts as an executive. Located in the front of your skull right above the eye it can form complex connections.
To strengthen our brain we will need to take some effort. There are exercises we can do to keep our frontal lobe in shape. We must learn to ask probing questions about the unknown. We also need to seek new possibilities for advanced ideas and projects. And lastly we need to determine new paths that will fit in with the life changes
Brain fitness requires lifelong effort. Our brain doesn’t stop developing cells. That means each day we make new cells.
Damaged brain? There is no time limit to the repair. The brain we have contains 10 billion neurons and more than 10 million connections or synapse. The wiring will find a way to reconnect.
The shocking truth, Chapman points out, is that we let our cognitive brain health decline. And we don’t have to.
We are presented in this book with exercises to pump up our brain smartness. There is no simple formula offered to help us think smarter. No pills to take. Since we are creatures of habit doing things by rote may be harming not helping our brain smartness. Therefore we should be, learning how to reshape and process in a creative way the information we let settle in our brain.
It is not an easy task and this book will suggest some areas to work on so you can challenge your brain.
We used to believe that as we age our brains became less effective until that day we wake up and have started to lose our memory never to be able to slow down the process.
But it is possible to exercise our brains and even retard aging.
This is a good book for people who are honest about wishing to increase their smartness. And that should be everyone. No one wants to quicken the onset of Alzheimer’s or a lesser from of dementia.
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. is known as a leading thinker in the area of transforming how people, young and old, can build a smarter brain.