Dare to Be 100: Old Brain, New Tricks

December 10, 2014 6:32 PM

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I used to be interested in the effect of aging on cognition in an objective sense, but now, at age 84, the issue becomes very close at hand. I frequently challenge my memory to be sure that I'm not losing it. I too often forget where my car is in the parking lot. Is this an omen? The current issue of Science magazine, our premier journal, contains an entire section entitled "The aging brain." (1)

In the articles the overall thrust is laid out, "One thing we already know is that our mental lives benefit when we lead lives that are not only physically healthy but also intellectually challenging and socially engaged." The article brags about the brain's outstanding flexibility, that it adjusts ...

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