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.
Here is a check list of brain benefits for making a difference to attitude.
- Inductive reasoning.
Older people are less likely to rush to judgment and more likely to reach the right conclusion based on the information. This is an enormous help in everyday problem solving from planning and managing one’s day.
- Verbal abilities.
In middle age, you continue to expand your vocabulary and hone your ability to express yourself. Watching older people whip through word puzzles and the like confirm this.
- Spatial reasoning.
Remember those quizzes that require you to identify an object that has been turned around? You are likely to score better on them in your 50's and 60's than you did in your teens. And you may be better at some aspects of driving, too, because you are better able to assess the distance between your car and other objects on the road.
- Basic math.
You may be better at dividing the bill at a meal or adding up a series of shopping.
- Accentuating the positive.
The amygdala, the area of the brain that consolidates emotion and memory, is less responsive to negatively charged situations in older people than in younger ones, which may explain why studies have shown that people over 60 tend to brood less