In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging


A must read for people who want to live their later years with full brain vitality.

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A must read for people who want to live their later years with full brain vitality.

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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Magazine
Remarkably well-written and worthwhile. If well-being on any level is the goal, this book delivers the goods.
Midwest Book Review
Encouraging a program to keep one's brain in tip top shape much like one would work a muscle, In Full Bloom is a seminal guide for anyone getting up there and fearing losing their mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979938849
  • Publisher: Scb Distributors
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilchi Lee originated the Brain Education System Training (BEST), which seeks to enhance human potential through a variety of mind-body training methods. As president of the Korea Institute of Brain Science and the International Brain Education Association, Ilchi Lee has dedicated himself to the nurturance and development of the human brain. He is also the founder of Dahn Yoga and author of more than 30 books.

Jessie Jones, Ph.D. is a professor of health science and co-director of the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton. She has extensive teaching and research background in the area of successful aging and has led senior health and fitness programs for over twenty-five years.

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When we examine the leading neurological research, as well as our own professional and personal experience as observers of the brain and aging, we see a pattern emerging. As we age and our brains become slower as a result of dense neural growth and cell death, other factors compensate us. Most older adults can compensate for changes in brain function. A reduction in work demands means more opportunities to focus on relationships and on giving back to others, allowing a greater focus on happiness. Age brings wisdom, perspective, and reduced anxiety as we come to understand more how life works and what is truly important-people, the natural world, beauty, peace, creativity, and joy. Aging may be difficult at times, but it is not without its rewards.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Healthy Brain, Healthy Aging 13

The Truth About Age and the Brain 14

The Roaring Forties 16

The Myths of Maturity 17

Years of Peace, Giving, and Relationships 20

The Five Steps of Brain Education System Training 21

Your BEST Moments 25

The Jangsaeng Lifestyle 25

Six Healthy Habits for an Aging Brain 27

Young Brain Quiz 28

Chapter 1 Your Sensitized Brain 35

The Benefits of Exercise 36

Being Fit Above the Neck 37

A Word About Ki 38

Good for the Body, Good for the Brain 39

Food and Your Brain 43

The Work of Brain Sensitizing 43

The Stress Connection 46

Creating New Pathways to Health 46

Brain Sensitizing Activities 48

Proper Stance 48

Body Opening Exercises 50

Stretching Exercises 60

Energy Awareness Exercises 68

Chapter 2 Your Versatile Brain 73

Your Brain Is Never Too Old to Adapt 75

Use It Or Lose Everything 76

The Specter of Alzheimer's 77

Ask Your Brain 79

Get Out Your Puzzle Book 81

The Rewards of Age 82

Brain Versatilizing 84

Gray Matters: More Things You Can Do for Your Brain 85

Brain Versatilizing Activities 86

Brain Balance Exercises 86

Body Balance Exercises 90

Body-Brain Coordination Exercises 92

Brain Flexibility Exercises 97

Chapter 3 Your Refreshed Brain 101

Your Emotional Set Point 103

Knowing and Cleansing Your Moods 105

The Persistence of Memory 107

Your Mellow Old Brain 109

Growing Your Emotional Intelligence 110

Change Your "Longitude" 112

What Is Brain Refreshing? 114

Simple Ways to Adjust Your "Longitude" 115

Brain Refreshing Activities 117

Self-Reflection Exercises 117

Emotional Release Prep 119

Emotional Release Exercises 121

Healing Guide124

Chapter 4 Your Integrated Brain 129

Your Three-Level Brain 131

The Roadblocks of Age 132

Reinventing Yourself 133

Go Deep 134

Provocative Questions 136

Creating a New You 136

"I Didn't Know I Could Do That!" 137

A New Consciousness 139

Asking the Right Questions 140

Brain Integrating Activities 141

Circuit Drawing 141

Brain Wave Vibration 144

Creativity Exercises 146

Energy-Building Exercises 148

Chapter 5 Your Masterful Brain 153

Completing Your Transformation 154

A Spiritual Quest 155

Master of the House 156

Finding Your Purpose 157

Meditation for Life 159

The Power of Mental Intention 160

You Decide 161

Follow Your Dreams 162

Brain-Mastering Lifestyle 164

Brain Mastering Activities 165

Meditation Postures 165

Vision Meditation 167

Developing Your True Identity 170

Afterword: Embodying the Jangsaeng Ideal 173


Walk Yourself Young: Jangsaeng Walking 179

Overview of Brain Education System Training 207

Brain Education for Successful Aging Program 208

The Senior Fitness Test 210

Bibliography 217

Index 219

About the Authors 230

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