The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind

by Timothy R. Jennings

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While growing older is inevitable, many of the troubles we associate with aging--including dementia, disability, and an increased dependence on others--are not. The choices we make now can help us to maintain our vitality, a sharp mind, and our independence as we age.

Filled with simple, everyday actions we can take to avoid disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late onset Alzheimer's, The Aging Brain is an easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout our lives. Based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, the interventions explained in this book not only prevent progression toward dementia even in those who have already shown mild cognitive impairment, they also reduce disability and depression and keep people living independently longer than those who do not practice these methods.

For anyone hoping to slow the aging process, as well as anyone who acts as a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia and other age-related diseases, this book offers a hopeful, healthy way forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493409440
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 361,677
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Timothy R. Jennings, MD has been in private practice as a Christian psychiatrist and certified master psychopharmacologist since 1997. Board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he is a specialist in transcranial magnetic stimulation, a drug-free treatment for depression. Dr. Jennings is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and past president of both the Tennessee and Southern Psychiatric Associations. He has spent more than two decades researching the interface between biblical principles and modern brain science and is a highly sought after lecturer and international speaker and the author of The God-Shaped Brain and The God-Shaped Heart. He is in private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Timothy R. Jennings, MD has been in private practice as a Christian psychiatrist and certified master psychopharmacologist since 1997. Board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he is a specialist in transcranial magnetic stimulation, a drug-free treatment for depression. Dr. Jennings is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and past president of both the Tennessee and Southern Psychiatric Associations. He has spent more than two decades researching the interface between biblical principles and modern brain science and is a highly sought after lecturer and international speaker, and the author of The God-Shaped Brain. He is in private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
thelegendarylibrary More than 1 year ago
I did receive this book at no charge from the publisher for my unbiased, honest opinion. Dr. Jennings addresses Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that are plaguing our elderly in ever increasing rates. He discusses how we might live longer and more healthily if we address our lifestyles and choices. He explains how stress and poor diet, among other things, exacerbate the issues old age presents and how these same habits, stress and diet and others, lead to a higher chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, especially for those when a predisposition for either ailment. He further explains steps you can do to help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from developing. I felt that although he is only reiterating many of the same things uttered by many in the medical community, he further backed up his standpoint with well laid reasons and breaks down everything so that it is easy to understand. I, too, have a history of Alzheimer’s disease in my family, and I felt reading this book was extremely beneficial not only in things I can implement to help myself stave off additional factors contributing on my likelihood to develop the dreaded disease, but also in steps I can do to help my own family currently experiencing dementia to help lessen the progression and hopefully alleviate some of their symptoms. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who have a predisposition to developing dementia or Alzheimer’s.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Jennings writes that we can prevent our brains from Dementia and Alzheimers with a healthy lifestyle. I myself have a question about that but he is the Doctor. Aging and stress can be a factor - so can smoking, obesity, etc. which is most of the people. He does go in to how to care for those with dementia - which was wonderful. If you are looking for answers this book is a good place to start. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher. All the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. If you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to
LibMom More than 1 year ago
I eagerly began to read this book and found the initial chapter immensely interesting. Specifically, the idea that the top 5 leading causes of death are not due to poor health necessarily but due to longer life spans (17). From this point, Dr. Jennings continued with chapters on the importance of overall health and information on genetics. The fourth chapter on "Genes and Aging" was a more challenging read. While Dr. Jennings explains everything well and includes excellent documentation, I found I had to pay very careful attention while reading this section. Part 2 on "Oxidative Stress and Aging" mentioned the typical health concerns but delved more deeply into their impact on aging. Part 3 moved on to lifestyle changes that should be made. Again, the items listed were items we all know we should do. The final section of the book focuses more on dementia. An entire chapter is devoted to vitamins and supplements useful to combat onset of Alzheimer's. This section was particularly useful and covered topics that aren't addressed in all of the leading magazines. The best part of this book is the section at the end of every chapter titled "Learning Points" and a section titled "Action Plan: Things to Do" which appears in most chapters. These bulleted lists cut to the heart of the book in an easily memorable format. The Amazing Brain is well documented with extensive endnotes. I would have enjoyed the addition of charts to provide another explanation of the material particularly to depict a process. Overall I recommend this book with some reservation. While it is a good book and well-documented, I found there was not a lot of information that I couldn't find by reading Prevention Magazine or some other health source. The benefit of the book is the convenience of having all of this content in one place and being able to reference it when desired. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book, The Aging Brain, free from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
This book is neatly organized in four parts – History and Aging, Oxidative Stress and Aging, Lifestyle and Aging, and Pathological Aging. Each section contains learning points and action plans that are easy to digest and implement. I’ve always been interested in word games such as crosswords and such, to help keep my mind active, but this ploy barely tips the scale. There are so many things that we can do to prevent the effects of aging and to strengthen and sharpen my mind. It is obvious that a lot of medical/scientific research went into this book, but one aspect that makes this book extra special is the spiritual outlook. It makes the advice and research even more authentic and inspiring, and adds a unique and solid flavor. Although I haven’t read the book in its entirety (yet) I’m already benefiting from the wealth of information I’ve gathered so far. The common sense plans and easy to understand wordage makes for an educational and uplifting read. Thank you to Baker Books for my advanced copy of this book.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
With so many older people getting some form of dementia, many of us are concerned about brain health as we age. The Aging Brain by Timothy R. Jennings, MD offers a lot of good information on taking care of our bodies and, ultimately, our brains as we age to give ourselves the best chance at a life without a memory loss disease. Dr. Jennings starts out The Aging Brain by sharing how dementia is personal to his family as he has watched his mother-in-law deal with Alzheimer's disease over the past few years and has seen his wife's concern that she may also face that challenge. Dr. Jennings then shows readers ways that the disease can begin, then progress and many ways to fight off the disease. The Aging Brain is divided into four sections: History and Aging, Oxidative Stress and Aging, Lifestyle and Aging and Pathological Aging. Each section contains several chapters of solid scientific advice and information that Dr Jennings has collected. I especially like that each chapter concludes with the key points to remember and most chapters also contain a list of action steps you can take to help ward off brain-related diseases. Dr. Jennings does come at dementia from a more scientific angle in several of the chapters of The Aging Brain as a psychiatrist and master psycho-pharmacologist and his writing reflects that. He also makes every effort to translate the material into something that everyday people can understand. I think this book is especially readable for those who truly want to make a difference in their brain health and like to read health-related books. I like that he looks at life from all angles in The Aging Brain. He shares information on slowing the aging process through exercise, socializing, spiritual health, dietary factors, medical factors, which supplements may be especially helpful, and much more. I knew some of the information having read several books on brain health, but I also learned some new things in this book. It is a well-researched book that contains a lot of good basic information for someone wanting to stay brain healthy. I highly recommend it to anyone with concerns and to those with a family history of dementia like I have as we watched my grandfather suffer with dementia. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
maxwelljunkie More than 1 year ago
The Aging Brain by Timothy R. Jennings M.D. “While we cannot affect the passage of time, we can affect our passage through time…” (61) Dr. Jennings has produced a great work to encourage his readers to consider the daily choices they make. While the focus of The Aging Brain is preventing dementia, the information compiled and shared by Dr. Jennings is useful for so much more than mental health. Dr. Jennings wrote, “It is impossible to keep our brains healthy without keeping our bodies healthy.” (23) Then he proceeds to give scientific findings and useable information to help the reader consider daily habits. Obviously we each have things in our lives that cannot be changed like our DNA and our childhood experiences; but there are many things we have control over and have the ability to change. For example, “Exercise is a requirement for life.” (104) Throughout the book there is information that is technical and scientific. Dr. Jennings graciously included learning points at the end of each chapter to help the reader reflect on the information. I was a bit skeptical when I began reading The Aging Brain but I was quickly curious as Dr. Jennings began explaining his point of view concerning reducing dementia. Dr. Jennings work has helped me better understand the things that are in my control regarding aging and mental health. I really enjoyed my journey through The Aging Brain. It was a knowledgeable and fun read. For more information about the book, to read a sample chapter or to watch informative videos visit I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
This is quite an interesting book on the the subject of aging and your brain. It is packed with scientific research. Dr. Jennings has taken this research and made it both readable and understandable. I especially liked that at the end of each chapter there’s a “Learning Points” summation of that chapter, as well as an “Action Plan: Things to Do” section of practical, attainable steps that can be implemented in our everyday lives. There’s a section on stress management that was very helpful. He also addresses the spiritual aspect of our lives and how that contributes to good brain health. Dr. Jennings’ purpose for writing this book was that we might “....not only live longer but also to live more vibrantly with each passing year”. (Quote from page 19) I’m glad to have this one on my shelf as a good resource as I age. I’m already putting into practice things I learned from this book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book! Lots of great information if you're wanting to prevent dementia and aging in your own life or know someone who is dealing with dementia. I highly recommend this book!
wendylifecoach More than 1 year ago
I feel empowered through reading this book and encouraged that I can take steps to reduce my chance of getting dementia! I'm glad to know it isn't all genetics! We all want to age well and this book gives tips on how we can do that. I'm about half way through the book and just had to stop and leave a review because what I've read is so amazing! (I didn't give 5 stars since I haven't finished it yet). I love the research that backs up the principles given in the book on how to reduce our chances of dementia because I think it's something we all fear or are concerned about in the back of our minds, regardless of our age. The fact that we can actually have influence over whether or not we develop it is so encouraging and empowering! There was actually one part of the book that left me in tears because it's playing out in my life right now. Dr. Jennings talked about stress on the mom while pregnant and how that increases the unborn child's chances of anxiety and depression, especially 18 years later, which is where we are now. Everyone needs this book NOW- it can no only change your life but that of those in your family, and your future! Not all of the "signs of aging" are signs of normal aging and we can prevent a lot of the negative symptoms. I am also amazed at how our thoughts and beliefs can play such a key role in the health of our brains on top of the effects of our diet and exercise. This book has definitely inspired action and changes on my part to take charge of my brain health! One action I hope you will take is to get this book for your own benefit! I'll definitely be recommending it to friends (already have). NOTE: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. I am under no obligation whatsoever to leave a positive review.
Ddelabbio More than 1 year ago
I’ve had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The Aging Brain by Dr. Timothy Jennings. The book is a must-read for those who want to know more about what can be done to maintain a healthy brain. Each topic is backed by scientific research. It is both a tutorial on the brain and a guide book. Touching on the physical, emotional, and spiritual, Dr. Jennings offers practical advice to reader where each chapter includes a summary of “learning points” and action steps to take. A book I will read again!
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“Dementia is a pathological state—an abnormal situation—a disease state that may, with healthy choices, be avoided,” Timothy R. Jennings, MD, states in his book, The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind. ~ What ~ At two-hundred-and-eighty-eight pages, this paperback targets those interested in ways to protect themselves and others from the possible onset of dementia as they age. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NET and NKJV. After a table of contents, author’s notes, acknowledgments, and introduction, the four sections are completed by an addendum, notes, author’s biography, and advertisements. The book’s four parts cover seventeen chapters that include the history of aging, oxidative stress, lifestyle, and pathological aging. Each chapter has a title, quote by a famous person, and topic discussion, ending with learning points and an action plan. Some topics covered include developing a healthy brain, epigenetics, genes, obesity, sugar, tobacco, alcohol, exercise, sleep, vacation, spiritual beliefs, mental stress, love and death, vitamins and supplements, risk factors for dementia, and caring for a loved one with the disease. ~Why ~ I appreciate books that contain both scientific and applicable data, and this one does about how our brain wears down as we age. It points out the destructive inflammation and oxidation that damages the brain and sometimes can be avoided. Whether dealing with mental stressors or making poor choices that may lead to mistakes, we all need to rely on God to accept our mortality. I like how the author approached having a relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important decision one can make while leading a healthy lifestyle to maintain a vibrant brain. ~ Why Not ~ Some readers who do not believe or have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not consider the spiritual aspect of brain health. Others may not agree with the writer’s physiatric approach to the topic, although dealing with bitterness and promoting forgiveness will improve one’s health. ~ Wish ~ While I know that the discussions in the book apply to all of us to keep a healthy attitude, body, and brain, I did not glean much new information except to eat more walnuts and drink pomegranate juice and coffee but avoid using gingko biloba as a preventative supplement to dementia. I wish the last part of the book was the focal point as it gave more specific suggestions. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for an easy-to-comprehend book about maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you age in hopes to protect your memory, this may offer some valid points to improve your quality of life as you get older. Thanks to Baker Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.