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Dementia is not inevitable. In fact, older brains are wiser than younger brains. The middle-aged brain does not decline; brains actually improve as time passes. Older brains see connections, the full picture. Older brains can size up a situation much faster, get to the gist of arguments faster, and with greater wisdom.

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Older Brains vs. Younger Brains

The BrainScientists have confirmed that as we age, our brains slow down. But science writer Barbara Strauch discovered that brains can flourish in middle age...people roughly between the ages of 40 and 65. In her book The Secret Life of The Grown-up Brain, Strauch details studies that show the middle-aged brain does not decline steadily, but actually improves in a number of areas as time passes.  For example, an older brain sees connections and thus sees the full picture. As we age, we can size up a situation much faster, get to the gist of arguments faster, and with greater wisdom.  In short, an older brain is wiser than a younger brain.
Another scientific finding is that dementia is not inevitable, that we can actually improve our brains if we remain healthy.  If we are lucky, we can live out our lives with pretty sharp brains. Age-related short-term memory issues, like forgetting someone's name, is not a problem of storage, but rather a retrieval issue.  The name is stored in our brain, but the sound of the name and the information about the name is weak. However, this a quite normal issue.
Certain cognitive functions actually improve as a brain grows older.  For example, an older brain can solve problems much better than a younger brain.
For a National Public Radio interview of Barbara Strauch about her book, go here. You can read the story or listen to it on line. For an extended interview of Ms. Strauch on the NPR program "Fresh Air from WHYY," scroll down the page to read "The Surprising Strengths of the Middle-Aged Brain." Or you can listen to the story on line.
For a related NPR story about middle-age brains go to
The Aging Brain is Less Quick, But More Shrewd.
As a somewhat older attorney, these findlings are good news ... for they suggest that the brain of a younger attorney might not be able to see the whole picture, solve legal problems as quickly, or have as much wisdom, or be as shrewd as the brain of a somewhat older attorney.
To view my blog post on this subject, go to: http://www.habigerelderlaw.com/blog/brains-actually-inprove-with-age-and-are-more-shrewd.cfm

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