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  1. 4 out of 5

    Sasush

    I respect the author and appreciate his advice through most of the book. That said, I was very disappointed in Chapter 5 where he represents that early retirement or even retirement at 65 was not advisable in order to have a richer life of continuing to work. First, this presumes that everyone works outside the home. Second, that the only example besides himself that found retirement a bad decision was blamed on there being no good daytime television. Really? Is that what that other person retir I respect the author and appreciate his advice through most of the book. That said, I was very disappointed in Chapter 5 where he represents that early retirement or even retirement at 65 was not advisable in order to have a richer life of continuing to work. First, this presumes that everyone works outside the home. Second, that the only example besides himself that found retirement a bad decision was blamed on there being no good daytime television. Really? Is that what that other person retired from work to do? If one has no plans for life after work, sure they should continue working. Others, however successfully and happily lead a rich, fulfilling life outside a work setting. This chapter could use a rewrite if revised in future.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Oh man, where to start with this one...I was peripherally aware of Dr Gupta before reading this book, but didn’t have an opinion on him. After listening to this, I cannot fathom why it’s gotten so many positive reviews. (1) There is zero information in this book that is new or revolutionary - it is the same stuff I have been reading for free on the internet for years, and Dr Gupta himself says this info is freely available via the Alzheimer’s Association and the AARP. Exercise, eat a balanced die Oh man, where to start with this one...I was peripherally aware of Dr Gupta before reading this book, but didn’t have an opinion on him. After listening to this, I cannot fathom why it’s gotten so many positive reviews. (1) There is zero information in this book that is new or revolutionary - it is the same stuff I have been reading for free on the internet for years, and Dr Gupta himself says this info is freely available via the Alzheimer’s Association and the AARP. Exercise, eat a balanced diet, engage with your community, work your brain, maintain a healthy social life. There - I saved you 9 hours. (2) 25% of this book felt like an excuse for Dr Gupta to name drop and/or flex his overinflated ego. “When I was working in the White House,” “when I was with my good friend Matthew McConaughey,” “Oprah asked me to speak,” “I spent time with the Dalai Lama,” “when I lived with indigenous tribes in Brazil for a few days” (...can you really call it ‘living’ if it’s only 3 days?!?), “I’ve traveled to over 100 countries”, and on and on and on. Dude, we get it. Maybe he thinks that builds up his credibility, but I found it extremely off-putting and distracting from the purpose of the book. (3) The guidance he provides may be evidence-based, but his tone is pretty elitist and alienates a significant portion of people living with or at high risk of dementia. This is demonstrated by statements like “you MUST stop making excuses and find an extra hour in your day to exercise” and “I’d rather you snack on an artisanal cheese board than a plate of cheese fries”. Oh ok 🙄 There was no acknowledgement of the racial/ethnic disparities in dementia prevalence, or that Black and Hispanic populations (who have 2x and 1.5x the risk of developing dementia compared to white folks) are more likely to be low-income and less able to easily access healthy food or “make time” for exercise (or let’s say... reduce chronic stress resulting from microaggressions and systemic oppression). He does give a brief nod to the higher risk of dementia in women and LGBTQ communities, but that’s the extent of his “inclusivity”. This book may be useful for anyone who (1) doesn’t have the internet & (2) wants a physical book to flip through when they have a dementia-related question. Otherwise save yourself the money and just use the free resources online.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Very informative book by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN health commentator and neurologist on brain health and early action to improve the changes of mental acuity later in life. I listened to this through Audible and the first couple of chapters were fluff about what we would learn in the book. However, when he got in to the subject matter there were not only a lot of great reminders and reinforcement of things we know, but new information at least for me as well as many interesting studies cited. I par Very informative book by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN health commentator and neurologist on brain health and early action to improve the changes of mental acuity later in life. I listened to this through Audible and the first couple of chapters were fluff about what we would learn in the book. However, when he got in to the subject matter there were not only a lot of great reminders and reinforcement of things we know, but new information at least for me as well as many interesting studies cited. I particularly liked the practical suggestions and straightforward plans for caring for our brain. The end chapters were specifically for people dealing with or caring for people with Alzheimer’s and less applicable unless you are in a state of needing this information. If I were just rating the middle chapters where he outlined the practical ways to improve brain health and the studies backing up the information, I would have rated the book five stars because I really learned a lot. I highly recommend those chapters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sybil Hernandez

    I enjoy watching Dr Gupta on the news which is the reason I picked up this book. I find his stories inspiring....and needed during this pandemic. He bases his recommendations on research without overwhelming readers who do not have a science background. (I get so upset seeing products such as dietary supplements or courses marketed as "this is going to change your life", and there is little to no backing to how well it works.) I really give Dr. Gupta a lot of credit for how well and easily he ex I enjoy watching Dr Gupta on the news which is the reason I picked up this book. I find his stories inspiring....and needed during this pandemic. He bases his recommendations on research without overwhelming readers who do not have a science background. (I get so upset seeing products such as dietary supplements or courses marketed as "this is going to change your life", and there is little to no backing to how well it works.) I really give Dr. Gupta a lot of credit for how well and easily he explains what can be a difficult subject. And I really just like him for being a kind hearted doctor. Yes, I know a lot of this is stuff we heard before. But, we should be listening and practicing better. My only criticism is the audiobook is a bit long. ...hope that in the future this will be a TV documentary so the information is more watchable for people who already have some cognitive impairment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Sanjay Gupta did a good job narrating his book: he is easy to listen to and to understand and it feels like having a conversation with a friend, instead of listening to a lecture. My 3.5 rating is largely due to the fact that I am a little disappointed. I thought there would be a more concrete plan for improving the brain, that is beyond the mantra eat right, exercise, and do not retire (too late for me!) I did come away with 2 important things: it is never to late to improve your brain, even if Sanjay Gupta did a good job narrating his book: he is easy to listen to and to understand and it feels like having a conversation with a friend, instead of listening to a lecture. My 3.5 rating is largely due to the fact that I am a little disappointed. I thought there would be a more concrete plan for improving the brain, that is beyond the mantra eat right, exercise, and do not retire (too late for me!) I did come away with 2 important things: it is never to late to improve your brain, even if dementia has started to set in; and make sure to take a break every hour and move for 5 minutes. Apparently sitting too long is now the new "smoking." In other words, a sedentary lifestyle is dangerous to your health. If you are taking care of someone with dementia (I wish I had this when our parents were going through this a few years ago), the last section has a lot of good tips and references. I would prefer a hard copy, instead of an audiobook, to use as a reference book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anni Reynolds

    Amazing - just as good as the other book of his I read. I highly recommend this book, and I'm purchasing a print copy for my parents! He even mentions CTE (from concussions), which is something one of the romance books I read even focuses on as a major topic that they have to look into more and is extremely important in Football (and likely some other sports), and that it does change a person and cause memory loss. He gives excellent suggestions for how to take care of ourselves in order to live Amazing - just as good as the other book of his I read. I highly recommend this book, and I'm purchasing a print copy for my parents! He even mentions CTE (from concussions), which is something one of the romance books I read even focuses on as a major topic that they have to look into more and is extremely important in Football (and likely some other sports), and that it does change a person and cause memory loss. He gives excellent suggestions for how to take care of ourselves in order to live well now and try to prevent issues later (diet, exercise, what foods to avoid or eat more of, etc.), and how to cope if we or a family member or friend does get diagnosed or start showing signs. I don't really tend to read non-fiction, but if anyone is looking for a very well educated author to look into, Dr. Gupta is certainly one to go to! He's written several books. Very well written. The audiobook narrated by him is even better!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katy Koivastik

    Dr. Gupta wanted to be a writer before he wanted to be a doctor, and it shows. He has written a well-organized treatise that answers the questions professional journalists must ask: “Who, what, when, where, why and how?” “Keep Sharp” offers an illumination of common sense strategies for healthy living, such as eating right and getting enough rest. Dr. Gupta goes further by giving readers a 12-week plan detailing 5 areas to work on: Exercise, engaging in brain-stimulating activities, sleep and rel Dr. Gupta wanted to be a writer before he wanted to be a doctor, and it shows. He has written a well-organized treatise that answers the questions professional journalists must ask: “Who, what, when, where, why and how?” “Keep Sharp” offers an illumination of common sense strategies for healthy living, such as eating right and getting enough rest. Dr. Gupta goes further by giving readers a 12-week plan detailing 5 areas to work on: Exercise, engaging in brain-stimulating activities, sleep and relaxation, diet and building personal relationships. It may be hyperbole, but I think “Keep Sharp” should be used as an owner’s manual for all human beings. Read by the wonderful Dr. Gupta himself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Detailed yet accessible! Dr Gupta weaves science with story to create an engaging book to help navigate "brain health." As someone who has watched grandparents decline and suffer memory loss, and now going through that with my dad as well, this book provided great insight on the cause and effect of a number of factors in brain health, aging, and a variety of factors. Keep Sharp is packed with straightforward advice and a variety of resources. Now in my 50s and concerned for my future well-being, Detailed yet accessible! Dr Gupta weaves science with story to create an engaging book to help navigate "brain health." As someone who has watched grandparents decline and suffer memory loss, and now going through that with my dad as well, this book provided great insight on the cause and effect of a number of factors in brain health, aging, and a variety of factors. Keep Sharp is packed with straightforward advice and a variety of resources. Now in my 50s and concerned for my future well-being, I will use this book as a resource and blueprint to give myself the best chance possible for a healthy aging brain. Now if I could just get my kids to adopt the same principles! It's a lot to take in - listened on Audible first but have bought the hardcover for additional study.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jayson Campeau

    A very rewarding read. Maybe it is because it is nice to hear the things your are doing for your body and mind are being recommended by others or just the fact that I could understand a neurosurgeon. Sanjay Gupta speak/writes in a very clear manner and despite his clear knowledge he speaks in layman's terms. This book is a a pretty comprehensive preventative manual on how to avoid the most dire effects of Alzheimer disease and dementia in general. I certainly learned some things I can do to stave A very rewarding read. Maybe it is because it is nice to hear the things your are doing for your body and mind are being recommended by others or just the fact that I could understand a neurosurgeon. Sanjay Gupta speak/writes in a very clear manner and despite his clear knowledge he speaks in layman's terms. This book is a a pretty comprehensive preventative manual on how to avoid the most dire effects of Alzheimer disease and dementia in general. I certainly learned some things I can do to stave off my own mental demise and got some good insight into how to help others who do and will struggle with this ultimate eventuality.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I read this as an audio book. It’s possible it works better as a traditional book. In audio form the repetitiveness of the narrative really becomes apparent. The book is almost like a bunch of magazine articles stuck together with no attempt at editing. Little new information is provided to those who have any familiarity with this subject. I am a big fan of the author, but I can’t honestly say I’d recommend this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    McK Jones

    Audiobook. Compassionate and useful information with evidence based strategies to promote brain health. Not trying to sell a “hack”. Part 1 & 3 were good. Much of this book is stuff we already know: move, eat moderately, sleep, get outside, socialize, have purpose. Part 2 was less interesting to me and I thought his “12 weeks to a sharper brain” was a bit of a marketing ploy from the publisher for an otherwise solid book. I found Gupta’s reading voice to be dull.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Plenty of good information here, some of it I had read in other books or news sources. I like Sanjay Gupta- knowledgeable and forthright. His narration on this audiobook was okay, sounded a bit robotic but I got used to it. This isn't a romance novel after all. In any case, lots of ideas on how to keep sharp as well as how to cope with various dementias. A good resource for family members of dementia patients also. Plenty of good information here, some of it I had read in other books or news sources. I like Sanjay Gupta- knowledgeable and forthright. His narration on this audiobook was okay, sounded a bit robotic but I got used to it. This isn't a romance novel after all. In any case, lots of ideas on how to keep sharp as well as how to cope with various dementias. A good resource for family members of dementia patients also.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Yeah, so while nothing inside this book will make you say omg that’s groundbreaking, it’s just all really valuable advice about how to stay healthy. Biggest takeaway: what’s good for your heart is good for your brain. What i liked about it is that it’s all in one place, and for me that’s motivating-I know it’s a book I can use as a go-to manual that’ll kick my butt with good reminders to eat right and exercise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela Schaffer

    The last section (thankfully) wasn’t very applicable to my life, as it deals with the “what to do after a diagnosis. But I appreciated the first sections and like the confirmation and encouragement that healthy eating, moving your body, maintaining an active social life and not just eating lots of supplements and doing crosswords are important for a healthy brain. (Even though I do love me a crossword. ;-)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Binder

    Listened to the audio book. Sonjay gave some great insight on the brain. He offered great insight on causes and suggestions to curtail getting dementia. He offered confirmation details that pertained to my dad who had and passed away from dementia (Alzheimer’s). Wish I knew some of these. Will use his easily understood preventative information for taking care of my mom who shows some symptoms or for myself turning 60. A great recipe for an illness that impacts too many.

  16. 4 out of 5

    KHKim

    wonderful, up-to-date on how to stay mentally healthy. really helpful info on specific medications that are anti-cholinergic. only wish when he speak of 'risk' of AD or dementia, he would give some quantification i.e. in 10% range or 75% range. Otherwise, one could become paranoid that every risk factor could ultimately result in 100% probability of AD later in life which is not true. wonderful, up-to-date on how to stay mentally healthy. really helpful info on specific medications that are anti-cholinergic. only wish when he speak of 'risk' of AD or dementia, he would give some quantification i.e. in 10% range or 75% range. Otherwise, one could become paranoid that every risk factor could ultimately result in 100% probability of AD later in life which is not true.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Jarrett

    I read the book, not the Audio CD. Stay Sharp is a very good overview of current brain research focusing on neuroplasticity of the brain and the many forms of dementia. The overview includes many things we know for good aging. Exercise. Nutrition. Connection. Purpose in Life, and continuing to learn. Gupta presents much more in his friendly fashion. Reminders are always welcomed!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kiely

    I respect the shit out of this man and really enjoyed this book. For the most part, I wasn’t surprised by the information given, but there were pieces that are so important. I would encourage anyone with dementia/Alzheimer’s in their family to read this, but also listen to the interview he did on Dax Shepard’s podcast. ❤️❤️❤️

  19. 4 out of 5

    Noreen

    First, I must say that I have enjoyed watching Dr. Gupta on TV. I appreciate the way he explains things and his own thorough research. So, again, I found his book very interesting as I listened to him describe a plan that is not only healthy for our bodies, but especially for our aging brains. Actually it is a great plan for any age.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy

    This book is packed with information to help stave off the possibility of a brain disorder. And maintain a doable lifestyle. His suggestions I have known about for years but am now more willing to take action. This book explains the why’s I’ve always asked questions to in language that is clear.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Interesting. I did learn some things about brain health but a lot of this story focuses on dementia and Alzheimer's which was not exactly what I was looking for. I could see how this could benefit a caregiver. Interesting. I did learn some things about brain health but a lot of this story focuses on dementia and Alzheimer's which was not exactly what I was looking for. I could see how this could benefit a caregiver.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This book motivated me to take a look at many of my habits and improve upon them. The author has such a wonderful way of speaking, you can really feel his compassion in his tone. His long time expertise in this field helped me take his advice to heart. I am so glad I chose to listen to this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Demetria Gray

    This book was interesting. I learned some new and very helpful things about brain health. However, some of the information is nothing we haven't already heard before. Nevertheless, it's still worth reading just to gain a few new bits of knowledge from a very knowledgeable source. This book was interesting. I learned some new and very helpful things about brain health. However, some of the information is nothing we haven't already heard before. Nevertheless, it's still worth reading just to gain a few new bits of knowledge from a very knowledgeable source.

  24. 4 out of 5

    RodOlson

    A Must read! Sanjay Gupta is a World renowned neurosurgeon and has been studying this field for over 25 years is a fantastic investigator injure journalist in this book at the latest information with all of the objective data science and research to back up every recommendation information!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sambasivan

    Excellent guide. A manual for daily practice.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    A little scary to read but very encouraging to learn that we are do a lot of things right to keep our brains sharp. Gupta is able to make the latest scientific research understandable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    Excellent, highly recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Very informative take on brain health, with focus on diet and exercise. Read by the author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dixie

    Bought the hardcover. Full of good information clearly explained with actions to take. A winner.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ✿✿✿May

    A highly recommended read!

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