Neuroplasticity is a fascinating field in general, but for patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or brain trauma, it can help with managing the challenges. My mom has had two major strokes, and the doctors didn’t think she would ever recover. It wasn’t easy, but she’s doing remarkably well even though she still has an occasional mini stroke. Her recovery and perseverance serves as inspiration to many.
It inspired me to start looking into what’s out there with respect to how our brains work, and I discovered remarkable achievements through neuroplasticity. This then lead me to add the books below to my reading list – it’s fascinating stuff!
Though I know from personal experiences, every human is different in how they are impacted and heal, I thought I’d share these perspectives on how how the brain may heal in case others are curious about the new thoughts on how to help our brains heal.
- Norman Doidge, M.D. – The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
- Norman Doidge, M.D. The Brain That Changes Itself – Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science
- Bob Dennis – Stroke of Luck: Master Neuroplasticity for Recovery and Growth After Stroke – Revised 19 May 2019
- Juli K. Dixon Ph.D. – A Stroke of Luck – A Girl’s Second Chance at Life
- Wojtek J Chodzko-Zajko – Enhancing Cognitive Functioning and Brain Plasticity (Aging, Exercise and Cognition)
- Clark Elliott – The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get it Back
- Moshe Feldenkrais – The Elusive Obvious: The Convergence of Movement, Neuroplasticity, and Health
- Adrian Owen – Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death
- Annie Hopper – Wired for Healing: Remapping the Brain to Recover from Chronic and Mysterious Illnesses
- Erik Smith – Neuroplasticity: Old brain meets new tricks
- Giroux MD, Monique L – Alter Your Course: Parkinson’s – The Early Years (Movement & Neuroperformance Center Empowerment Series) (Volume 1)
- Dennis J. Selkoe – Synaptic Plasticity and the Mechanism of Alzheimer’s Disease (Research and Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Disease)
- Goodreads: The Brain’s Way of Healing Quotes
My fascination of acquiring and sharing knowledge comes in part from my mother’s side where I became a fifth-generation teacher. Her vigor and fascination with learning new things continues to this day at age 98. Below she is just weeks after having gone through a stroke and internal bleeding, and this after the doctor tell me I should just let her go…