The Aging Brain – Thought for Thursday

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Learning equals longevity as described by Henry Ford

As we age we are doomed to reduced mental capacities. We forget things, our thought processes slow down, we edge closer and closer to an inevitable near-vegetative state. Right?

Nope.

While some slowing down of thought processing is common it’s also to be expected according to Dr. Michael Ramscar. Dr. Ramscar believes that the reason old people may forget the odd word or may take longer to think about something is not due to cognitive decline. Instead, he “blames” it on accrued knowledge.

“The human brain works slower in old age but only because we have stored more information over time.The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more,”  Dr. Michael Ramscar

Dr. Ramscar likens the human brain to a computer. Without changing the processing speed a computer will significantly slow down as the amount of data it stores on its hard drive…

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