Book Review: “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s”

“100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss” is a nonfiction book written by Jean Carper, a former medical journalist best known for her award-winning 1996 book “Stop Aging Now!” Carper’s most recent book lists and describes 100 tips for reducing your risk of dementia backed up by scientific data. These include having regular eye exams, eating berries every day, and learning a second language.

“100 Simple Things” is written in jargon-free language that any reader can easily understand while also presenting scientific evidence to back each claim without exaggerating the predicted results. Carper demonstrates a deep understanding of the science of Alzheimer’s disease and following even a few of her tips are quite likely to improve the health of your brain as you age. The back of the book provides an excellent guide for creating “Your Anti-Alzheimer’s Plan,” describing how to incorporate these tips into your lifestyle successfully.

One possible conflict of interest with this book is the fact that Jean Carper is the founder of a vitamin and supplement company called Stop Aging Now, best known for the anti-aging multivitamin that Carper designed. Carper sold the company before publishing this book and no longer has any financial connections, but it’s worth keeping this in mind when reading her advice on supplements. Many experts agree it’s best to get nutrients from your diet rather than from a pill whenever possible, although some supplements such as fish oil are still recommended for brain health. My only other criticism is that the book chapters can be a bit redundant. For example, at least five of the tips essentially described the importance of keeping your brain stimulated through mental activity, several others all discussed social interaction, etc. In my opinion, the book could have easily been condensed into 50 or 75 tips.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is experiencing or at risk of dementia, has a loved one with dementia, or simply wants to learn more about brain health. It is easy to follow, scientifically valid, and realistic for anyone to incorporate into their lifestyle.

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

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