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The Selwyn Institute

In the spirit of ageing well

Posing the right questions, and seeking appropriate answers, drives innovation and change. Through sponsoring and facilitating research, plus having our eyes open to global best practice, we’re always looking to discover new thoughts and ideas.   

Skills that only get better with age

The words to a song made famous by Bing Crosby set the scene for a key part of the ageing agenda. Namely: you've got to accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative.
United States biology professor Dr Bruce Yanker would concur. In fact, he says certain abilities improve with age for most people.
Rather than thinking about capabilities being on the downward slope instead continue to hone your skills with dedication and precision.

Let your brain have a say in how you grow old

Despite Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease being conditions associated with growing older it is not all ‘downhill’ for mental fortitude, and aptitude, as the years add up.
In fact, studies from around the world indicate the brain, in some instances, can actually improve with age or find different pathways to deal with the challenges of changes.

Celebrate the creativity unleashed with an ageing brain

Contrary to intuition, recent findings show the ageing brain resembles the creative brain in a number of ways.
The ageing brain is more easily distracted, and uninhibited than a younger brain—functions that parallel creative brains. It is also somewhat more disinhibited than the younger brain (so is the creative brain).

Helpful hints to ensure your brain remains on board

The more (or sometimes the less as in don’t fret) you think about it the ageing brain can still be a formidable friend.
This is not a call to sit back on your laurels and bathe in the glory of brain power feats-of-wonder from the past.
Here are some suggestions to maximize performance and gain the benefits of a well ageing brain.