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A Practical Guide for Older Adults, Book 1

by Valentin Bragin

Pub Date: Jan. 16th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4259-8289-8

For seniors, part neuro-physiological primer, part exercise guide, all of it intelligent.

Bragin hails from the former Soviet Union and now lives in New York. He worked at Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and established the Stress Relief and Memory Training Center in Brooklyn. Bragin believes that successful treatment “starts at the office, and continues at home,” and his wish to educate people about the revivifying nature of the brain inspired him to write this book. The introduction is fundamental to understanding the exercises and takes the reader through a critical appreciation of how the human body interacts with the brain. In doing so, the author illustrates how each of the exercises, which alone may seem insignificant, works to forge, or reinstate, essential pathways in the brain. His research on these matters and subsequent development of these exercises were perfected with the feedback of patients. Photographs of each exercise are helpful, although there is occasional hesitation as the instructions are sometimes on one page and the pictures on the next. But this is a trivial frustration and is quickly assimilated into the reading flow. Unlike some texts geared toward older adults, Bragin’s is refreshingly free of condescension, and the instructions are clear and simple. For visualization purposes, though the text size is commendably large, it would have been interesting to integrate some of the neuro-pathway information into the explanation of the exercises, even if just as footnotes.

A strong player in the field of memory-enhancing exercise manuals for seniors, intellectually stimulating upfront, with a physically challenging flipside.