By Judith Horstman

AARP electronic variations give you sensible tips, confirmed suggestions, and specialist advice. Scientific American and clinical American Mind have excellent news approximately getting older!

AARP The clinical American fit getting older mind taps into the most up-tp-date study to give a pragmatic and inspiring view of the well-aged mind, a sobering examine what can move wrong----and at what may help you and your mind remain fit longer. Neurologists and psychologists have stumbled on the getting older mind is far extra elastic and supple than formerly inspiration, and that happiness truly raises with age. whereas our momentary reminiscence is probably not what it used to be, dementia isn't really inevitable. faraway from disintegrating, the elder mind can proceed to increase and adapt in lots of methods and remain sharp because it a while.

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Wide-scale studies confirm it (and no, it’s not a result of the forgetfulness of dementia). Furthermore, research on creative accomplishments indicates that in some disciplines, such as the arts, history, and fiction writing, many people produce their best work in their 50s or even decades later. Philosophy, leadership, and politics are other areas in which the older person flourishes—hence, the term elder statesman. The Myth of a Sad Old Age Think of someone who is depressed, cantankerous, lonely, sexually inactive, and forgetful.

Your brain is jam-packed with functions, programs, connections, and interconnections that often overlap with other functions. It’s more like a Rube Goldberg contraption than the computer to which it is so often compared. That’s probably because its many complex and diverse functions have evolved over time, piggybacked onto basic functions that intertwine in ways that are still not completely understood. Your brain has more cells than there are stars in the Milky Way: 100 billion cells called neurons, six times that or more cells called glia, and an estimated 40 quadrillion connections.

How Scientists Are Researching Your Brain PART ONE: How Your Brain Grows CHAPTER ONE: The Well-Aged Brain The Myth of a Sad Old Age Actually, It’s Getting Better All the Time Great Late Achievers Are Grandparents Safer Drivers? Do You Think I’m Sexy? Apparently, Yes—at Any Age A Swell of Centenarians: One Hundred Reasons to Take Care of Your Brain CHAPTER TWO: How Your Brain Grows In the Beginning: Your Fetal and Baby Brain A Brief Tour of Your Brain The Gray and the White: Neurons and Myelin Childhood: Building the Brain The Teen Brain: Not Yet Ready for Prime Time Get Smart Younger, Delay Dementia Older The Peak Years: Twenties to Sixties CHAPTER THREE: Your Brain Growing Older The Usual Effects of Aging Do the Brains of Men and Women Age Differently?

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