The Longevity Strategy: How to Live to 100 Using the Brain-Body Connection

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A wise and compelling guide . . . the true fountain of youth.--Dr. Stephen R. Covey author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The acclaimed life plan for good health, fulfilling relationships, and financial security

The brain-body connection is the interaction among three factors: the health of your brain, your attitude, and your physical health. In this breakthrough guide to a longer, better life, authors David Mahoney and Richard Restak, M.D., draw on state-of-the-art brain-body research to demonstrate the vital importance of handling stress properly, lifelong education and mental activity (use it or lose it!), the social connection, physical exercise, and rearranging your brain's hardwiring toward optimism. Featuring 31 practical, essential tactics, The Longevity Strategy is a user's manual for the best years of your life.

""This book brings us good news: the more we use our brains, the more likely we need not retire."" -- James Watson, Ph.D., winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine

""I learned the hard way about the validity of the brain-body connection. The Longevity Strategy will make it a great deal easier for you to learn just what it means, too.""--Mike Wallace

""Superb . . . chock full of practical scientific knowledge that can help one become and stay healthy, wealthy, and wise.""--Bart Kosko, Ph.D., author of Fuzzy Thinking

""Intelligent, witty, and informative.""--Leon Cooper, Ph.D., winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

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Ever wish there were a simple way to extend your life? That someone would just lay out a plan that could help you live longer? Well, David Mahoney and Richard Restak, M.D., do just that in The Longevity Strategy: How to Live to 100 Using the Brain-Body Connection. This isn't the same old self-help book telling you to get out and exercise and eat right--although the authors do acknowledge these are a necessary part of long, healthy life. Instead, readers are advised to use planning and positive mental processes in order to become centenarians.

Using the latest neuroscience research, Mahoney and Restak delineate 31 steps to keep your brain sharp and active, which they claim can help you to live to be 100. Restak, a practicing neurologist and neuropsychiatrist as well as bestselling author of The Brain, and Mahoney, chairman of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, break down the complex science of the brain for the nonscientist while laying out a plan for achieving the three goals necessary for longevity: "an optimally functioning brain in a sound mind; favorable social support systems; financial security." Some of the advice is commonsense ("Learn to handle stress") while some offers wisdom that may not have occurred to you ("Build in a backup plan; diversity your career from the very beginning"). Each chapter starts with a specific strategy, which is expounded upon in short, readable chapters.

The judicious advice offered by the authors may not only help you lead a longer, healthier life, but is certain to give you the tools to allow you be more contented and optimistic in the meantime. --Jenny Brown

From the Publisher:

A practical primer not on just staying alive longer but on truly living longer. While medical science may keep our bodies alive longer, if our minds aren't along for the ride, longevity can be more of a curse than a blessing. This book offers ideas for how people can stay fit and smart until 100 and beyond. It is filled with ways to keep your brain healthy and active and offers suggestions for planning for life. With these practical strategies, readers can learn how to live happy, healthy, and productive lives that can span a century.

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