Are we the original panty flingers? Or did women toss their underwear even before Tom Jones and the Beatles whipped us into a frenzy? After all, our rock stars deserved appropriate worship.
Now that we’re a wiser generation, Dr. Daniel Amen, could be a “rock star” worthy of our redirected and (hopefully) more grown-up fervor. Dr. Amen is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who built a practice around the creation of healthier, happier brains.
His years of studying brain scans led to discoveries in understanding and treating troubled brains. Anxiety, depression, anger addiction, ADHD, and brain injuries, affect different areas of the brain. This knowledge allows for targeted treatment which almost always improves cognitive function.
In his most recent and best-selling book, Magnificent Mind at Any Age, Dr. Amen distilled his research and clinical treatment into a how-to manual for better memory, concentration, relationships, sex, creativity, and control over things that interfere with healthy brain function.
Reading the book may motivate you to get scanned immediately. Since brain imaging may not be accessible to all of us, Magnificent Mind at any Age offers questionnaires and guidelines to help us target what we need to work on to improve our mental acuity. Find out how to light up the brain circuits that drive success (Chapter 9), cultivate a resilient brain (Chapter 14) and become a maverick thinker (chapter 16).
Dr. Amen’s web site is full of related material. Print out the 50 Brain Dos and Don’ts and tape it to the fridge. There are Three New Ways to Keep Your Brain Young–try all 3. In the Food Mood Connection, Dr. Amen writes about controlling emotional eating.
The key to success and satisfaction at any age is a high functioning brain. Our new heroes should be chosen for their ability to keep us sharp, smart, and healthy. Amen to that!