Books get written for many different reasons. The Octane for the Brain book came about by popular request. After delivering many presentations and workshops to help people learn an evidence-based formula to boost their mental engines, audiences and workshop trainees were enthralled by what they learned. So they asked for more classes as well as a book that they could use for continued learning and sharing with friends and family members.
So Jeanie McKay, health care leader/consultant, and Founder of MindZone LLC and Octane for the Brain programs, authored a clear, easy-to-understand book to help people 50 and beyond fire-up their brains’ performance. The 272 page book is based on game-changing brain health research. Jeanie’s writing style is both informative and humorous. The tips she presents in the book are priceless.
The book contains a variety of informative and activity-based pages divided into three powerful brain-charging sections:
Understanding Your Aging Mental Engine
A High Octane Formula to Boost Your Performance
Tune Up Your Cognitive Parts (100+Thinkercise Activities)
When I got into my mid-50s, I started to fret about losing my memory or getting Alzheimer's Disease. While there are lots of books on the topic of brain health and memory, I enjoyed Octane for the Brain because it was easy to understand and written in a compelling way. I encourage you to read this book because it explains the role genetics plays in health and longevity. However, the book also helped me better understand the role that lifestyle factors play in increasing your mental performance and lowering neurological disease risks. If you want a practical book filled with research-based tips and activities, read this book!
I enjoyed the book because it was easy to understand as well as humorous just like Jeanie's presentation was. Both my husband and I enjoyed working our brains using the Thinkercises included in the book. There is a lot of good practical advice in the book to help both of us lower risks for age-related diseases. I have recommended this book to friends and family.
I chose Octane for the Brain for a monthly book club discussion. The group had so much fun discussing insights from this book. We discussed how the book helped increase awareness of habits that boost brain energy. We did some of the Thinkercises in our group and had fun competing as we exercised our neurons! The prizes even boosted our dopamine! The "Step on the Gas" chapter inspired me to hit the trail and walk...and I've lost weight in the process. I love sharing many of the things I learned in the book with my friends.
My wife bought me a copy of Octane for the Brain for my birthday. She thought I would read it because I like anything related to working on engines. She told me I should work on my "mental engine." I don't read many books, but I loved the cartoons as well as the mental engine analogies throughout the book. It was fun to read, and I did learn a lot of ways to tune up the most important engine I've ever worked on...my brain! I wanted to let you know I enjoyed it, and Jeanie... as Bob Hope would say, "Thanks for the memories!"
Octane for the Brain was useful to me because it tied in so many things we can do to boost our aging mental engines. I learned a lot of tips related to physical activity, nutrition, social connections, and optimistic thinking that impact my longevity and the health of my brain. I have given this book to members of my family. I recommend it for young and old alike. The book helped me better understand research around neuroplasticity and why we need to learn as much as possible to minimize age-related risks!
My doctor told me that exercising my brain would help my memory now that I am in my 60s. I got a copy of Octane for the Brain at an RV rally, and the book was informative and entertaining. I learned how the choices we make early in life greatly influence how well we age in our later decades. I think younger people should read this book to learn more about positive steps they can take to impact their brain function later in life.
I bought the Octane for the Brain book after attending a seminar by the author at a conference. I learned a lot by attending the seminar and reading the companion book. What I liked was how readable, practical, and humorous the book was. My husband and I both loved the Thinkercises and learning more about how to "fuel" our brains.
Octane for the Brain was a fun read. I now know things I can do to help prevent those annoying "mental speed bumps" as I get older! Seriously, I enjoyed the book, the learning, and the activities that worked my brain.