Friday, March 19, 2010

Good News for Senior Citizens....

It ain't all bad!!! Stop thinking doom and gloom. Oh, I know it's hard, especially this time of year. The weather's bleak. Flooding in March? You are poorer and older than you were last year, and you may be fatter. OK, let's don't get negative............

Your memory is shot.  You know deep down in your heart that you are becoming forgetful and what about all your bad habits?  Wish you could just resolve to make them disappear? POOF!! All gone............(I said, don't go negative......the world is in even worse shape than you are.)

Here's some good news to bolster you.......

The older brain is a wiser brain.   According to new findings in neuroscience, your inability to remember names at cocktail parties or where you left your keys is not necessarily a symptom of early-onset dementia.  Instead, it is a sign that your focus of attention has become broader. Getting distracted could be a good thing.
Did you ever think that getting distracted allows our creative juices to flow?  "It may increase the amount of information available to the conscious mind," Shelley H. Carson, a Harvard psychology researcher, told The New York Times.

"A broad attention span may enable older adults to ultimately know more about a situation and the indirect message of what's going on than their younger peers," adds Dr. Lynn Hasher, at the University of Toronto. "We believe that this characteristic may play a significant role in why we think of older people as wiser." In other words, while younger brains are cluttered up with trivia, your brain is freed to work on a whole lot more important things.

Be excited - the windmills of your mind just may not splinter!!!

Losing the ability to think, understand, and; learn among people over 70 has been declining sharply in recent years. Brain scientists aren't sure why, but they think it's tied to the fact that older people are better educated, wealthier(oh, really?) and more active than ever before. People who are better off are more likely to use it, not lose it (unless you knew Bernie Madoff).  So remember: Like sex, mental challenges are very good for you, and you are never too old. Spending time Googling is good for you.

There are remarkable findings about brain plasticity. It seems that the brain - even the aging brain - is more malleable than previously thought.  It can even grow new nerve cells. One day, you'll probably be able to take a pill to help keep your neural pathways firing on all cylinders. Meantime, exercise, social connections, flexibility (can you touch your toes?) and eagerness to embrace new experiences are extremely effective cognitive medicine.  Do you blog, twitter, use facebook?  All are good for your brain.  I guess the exercise of learning html is a very good thing even if it gives me a headache.....sigh....guess I'll keep working on 'flowing my brain juices'... 

Now THAT'S Good News!!!

If you want to read more about this subject or spend a little time exercising your brain with some teasers...you can visit Sharp Brains...Brain Teasers.

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6 comments:

Aesthetics48 said...

Cool post, I look at my aged brain just like a computer. I now have so many files stored in there that it just take me a lot longer to find that little file I know existed. Half hour later... ta da... there it is.
Young people can remember things faster because they just don't have as many files to go through!

Supergranny said...

You're right! My husband says I nned to de-frag to get my 'files' in order. Guess he's right....

Fleapirates said...

Great article, once again!

See... we all have to keep tweeting, and emailing, and blogging, and playin' with html, and learning SEO... it's GOOD for us! :)

Sunflower Ranch said...

Oh SG, what a neat post!!! I am so glad to know there is hope around the corner!!! LOL What was I just saying... oh, yeah, it's good to keep your brain active. I think I need to defrag too or throw out some files. Seems like an older brain is one ALWAYS multitasking and sometimes it's a bit harder to keep everything in order. But I do like the "wiser" part. Lookin' forward to it!!! finally, after all these years... :D

One Ticked Chick said...

Love the new look of the blog, Granny. Having worked for a period of time with an assisted living facility, I can vouch that the older brain is indeed a wiser brain.

maggiemaybecrafty said...

Bring on the new nerve cells and hurry please before I forget why I asked.