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Nancy's Notes - May 17, 2012

“Use Your Brain to Change Your Age” by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, “Sexual Harassment and Bullying" by Susan L. Strauss, “Carly’s Voice, Breaking Through Autism” by Arthur Fleischmann.

  Nola and I have decided our next book discussion should be, “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age”, just kidding. However, we probably could learn a lot from the author, Dr. Daniel G. Amen. In the book Dr. Amen shares ten simple steps to boost your brain to help you live longer, look younger, and dramatically decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. His anti-aging program shows you how to: boost your memory, mood attention, and energy; decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; eat to live longer; reduce the outward signs of aging and make your skin more beautiful; promote the healing of brain damage due to injury, strokes, substance abuse and toxic exposure; increase your chances of living longer and looking younger and more.
    A common headline lately involves the bullying of children. Susan L. Strauss has written, “Sexual Harassment and Bullying”, a book that distinguishes between the two types of harassment and addresses the similarities. It provides parents, youth advocates, and other concerned adults with steps to partner with schools to prevent and intervene on the behaviors to help keep kids safe. The book identifies the steps to take to hold schools accountable when a student has been harassed or bullied, even when the school is not stopping the behavior.
    A lot is also currently being written about autism. Arthur Fleischmann has written, “Carly’s Voice, Breaking Through Autism”, the story of his autistic daughter. At age two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Then at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough. While working with her therapists, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed, “Help teeth hurt”. This is the beginning of her journey. Although she still suffers from autism she now has conversations on the computer with her family, her therapist, and thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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