Gail Smillie

The Aging Brain:  “Neuroscience Proudly Over the Hill”

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The Sunset Side of the Mountain,

Where Brain Mind Body and Spirit Continue to Development 

Reading won’t magically transform everything, but it can be helpful when you are feeling stuck or confused as you find yourself on the sunset side of the mountain on a unique and exciting, transforming and very different kind of journey.   In fact, a book may be the last place we turn when we are exhausted or overwhelmed.

But you will be surprised at how accessible and helpful, fresh and insightful the new information is – mind bending studies of the possibility to the brain and “what is going on?!?” at this time of astonishing change.  You will find out things about yourself, your partner, children and grandchildren -you’ll laugh, you may cry and you’ll be amazed at how this information can go a long way to helping you become more aware, empathetic, understanding and  joyful.

Here are a few suggestions:

Dweck, C. S. (2012). Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential. Constable & Robinson Limited.

Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House.

Brizendine, Louann MD (2006) The Female Brain Random House Inc, New York

Brizendine, Louann MD (2010) The Male Brain Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think Random House, Inc New York

Brown, Stuart 2009.  Play, How it Shapes the Brain, Opens Imagination and Invigorates the Soul The Penguin Group USA

Goleman, Daniel. 2006. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships Bantam Dell, New York NY.

Gonzales, L 2012 Surviving Survival:  The Art and Science of Resilience W.W. Norton & Company. Inc New York NY 10110

Jensen, Francis E. & Nutt, Amy Ellis 2015 The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist Survival Guide to Raining Adolescents and Young Adults Harper Collins Pub. New York NY 100007

MacMaster, Frank New Help for Teens with Depression – Articles University of Calgary

Medina, John 2014. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School. Pear Press PO Box 70525 Seattle, WA.

Sapolsky, Robert M. (2017) Behave; The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst Penguin Books New York, New York

Sapolsky, Robert. (2004) Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclainmed Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping. New York: MacMillian.

Siegel, Daniel J. (2010). Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation New York  Norton

Strauch, B. 2004 The Primal Teen:  What the New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Tell us about our Kids Random House Inc New York NY

Wolfelt, Allan D. 2001 Healing a Heart  100 Practical; Ideas for families, friends and caregivers. Companion Press Center for Loss and Life Transitions Colorado, USA

Wolf, Antony E.  2011 I’d Listen to My Parents if they’d Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens Harper Collins Publisher New York NY 10022

Van Der Kolk, Bessel MD (2015) The Body Keeps Score; Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma Penguin Books New York New York

Zinn, John Kabat and Thich Nat Hanh, (2009) Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness revised edition. New York, Random House