The book Dr. Christiane Northrup promised “will change your mind and your brain in the best possible way,” Staying Sharp is the practical guidebook for building and maintaining a sharp, healthy, and vibrant mind.

A strong memory and a healthy brain aren’t as difficult to maintain as one might think. Combining the latest neuroscience research with age-old wisdom about resilience, mindfulness, and stress reduction, Drs. Henry Emmons and David Alter show that vibrant aging is within reach. Together they demonstrate how to blend the best of modern science and Eastern holistic medicine to form a powerful drug-free program that will maintain a youthful mind and a happy life.

With more than fifty-five years of combined experience in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, Dr. Emmons and Dr. Alter have taken their expertise and translated the fundamentals of brain science into an easily accessible collection of the nine key lessons proven to preserve and strengthen mental acuity. Filled with easy-to-understand theories and practical exercises to work out your brain, Staying Sharp provides you with “reliable information on how to minimize cognitive decline” (The New York Times) so you can live more joyfully, age more gracefully, and build intimacy in your relationships, no matter what your age.


Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and allied Buddhist therapeutics, and psychotherapeutic caring and insight in his clinical work. Dr. Emmons is in demand as a workshop and retreat leader for both healthcare professionals and the general public.


David Alter, PhD was born in Minneapolis, MN but lived in 4 states and 3 continents by the time he was five years old. Those early experiences with language, dialect and culture helped shape his curiosity for how people live, how they express themselves and how they are shaped by their environments. Now, having practiced as a clinical neurologist/health psychologist for 30 years, always focusing on the evolving nature of our mind and our brain in relation to our social surroundings, he has translated his acquired experiences into his first published work (Staying Sharp, with co-author H. Emmons, MD). This non-fiction book about aging well reflects his inherent optimism about what is possible for us as time passes and grounds his findings and suggestions in solid neuroscience about what it takes to cultivate and maintain a healthy brain throughout the second half of life. Currently, he is joyfully engaged in practicing what he preaches.

He is an active teacher and trainer around the country, leading workshops and retreats and invited talks to both general and professional audiences.

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Keeping Your Brain Youthful With Sleep

Published on Jul 25, 2016

Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. David Alter, authors of STAYING SHARP, debunk myths surrounding the needs of the aging brain and explain how sleep can actually help keep your mind youthful and healthy.

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