Most people think that as a person ages the brain stops learning new things. But that is just not true. There is still a lot of growth and learning going on.

“Our middle-aged brains are surprisingly competent and surprisingly talented,’ states author Barbara Strauch.

We can ask what time period are we talking about.

”Most researchers locate modern middle age somewhere between the ages of forty and sixty-eight.”

If this is true, than we need to understand some things. Often when a person notices that he can walk into a room and not remember the reason he did so he could start to feel the end is near. But this is normal. It seems as a person ages it is natural for the cognitive features to slow down. To work with this fact it is suggested making a list to help the memory.

“With new tools such as brain scanners, genetic analysis, and more sophisticated long-term studies, the middle-aged brain is finally getting its due.” the author points out.

The brain, science is finding out, does not simply fade as it ages. The brain rather takes on a new identity and talents. Experience is what tends to change our brains as we age. That is something youth does not have. As we age we tend to get a bigger perspective of the world, and we see patterns and connect the dots easier. Also we tend to put a more positive spin on what is happening around us.

It has been discovered that while the brain may be getting smaller as we age it doesn’t stop adding more neutrons. “We just rewire our brains as we grow older. You learn to handle things. Your brain decides, on some level, to look at the world differently.”

Often we feel defeated. But we shouldn’t feel this way. It may take a bit longer for a middle-aged brain to react — but it can enable a person to perform better. This is one conclusion Strauch makes.

We decide how to live and that alters our brain. The view in the past was that as we age our brain becomes fixed. But it has been found that what we do alters our brain. Some brains can operate with a knife-edged clarity, others have grown duller. The good news is that sharp declines are not inevitable.

The best years of the brain are in the middle-age period it seems. We can help our brains through exercise and nutrition, it has been discovered. Education also helps. The way we “kill” our brain cells is by excessive television watching. This is because we are not using the cognitive structure of our brain when we are in front of the set. By decreasing our time watching the TV and spending it reading or even taking a long walk we allow our blood to circulate and rejuvenate our brain.

This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the brain which he has, which should be everyone.

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