Contrary to some expectations the ageing brain can still be a formidable ally and 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.
The adage ‘use it or lose it’ has particular merit in keeping your mental faculties as fit as possible. Jump up and celebrate, that some of the most powerful brain motivated moments lie in front of you.
The esteemed Harvard Medical School shares encouraging, and context setting, findings on mental matters.
At middle age, the brain begins to draw on more of its capacity for improved judgement and decision making.
If you forget a name or two, take longer to finish the crossword, or find it hard to manage two tasks at once, you're not on the road to dementia. What you're experiencing is your brain changing the way it works as you get older. And in many ways, it's actually working better.
Studies have shown that older people have better judgment, are better at making rational decisions, and are better able to screen out negativity than their juniors are. Setting the scene for the older brain at work.
Harvard Medical School Professor Bruce Yanker, poses the question of ‘how is it possible for older people to function better even as their brains slow?’