Some Good News for Once

As soon as I find my glasses I’m going to clip this article from the science section of the New York Times.

“Older Brain Really May Be a Wiser Brain�

When older people can no longer remember names at a cocktail party, they tend to think that their brainpower is declining. But a growing number of studies suggest that this assumption is often wrong. Instead, the research finds, the aging brain is simply taking in more data and trying to sift through a clutter of information, often to its long-term benefit.

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that every year is busier and faster, with new things to learn and new challenges. I’m old enough to be over the hill, but I’m still climbing. All my friends are in the same situation. Wasn’t middle age supposed to be boring? Not now it isn’t. But all this mental labor has to pay off…

“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,� Dr. Hasher said. “We believe that this characteristic may play a significant role in why we think of older people as wiser.�

Okay, now it’s time to turn off the computer and apply my wisdom to the day job.

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3 responses

  1. Donald Wolberg

    Now I do feel better. Forgetting names is a very serious issue and I was beginning to worry about why I could not remember mine. It must be because I am wiser–wonderful.

  2. we are all developing the zen of the empty mind. how wise we will be.

  3. joe bernstein

    Most people who know me believe I have an unusually good memory-one of my nicknmaes was “Rainman”-it’s nothing I work at,it is just that I recall everything like it was on tape.
    So here I am in the supermarket last year when a woman wlks up to me and I know the face,but nothing else.She knows me by name and all about my family and it’s apparent I should know her-but I had to wing the whole conversation and there never was an “aha!”moment when it all came back to me.Very weird-like a memory module had been unplugged.Never happened before or since.

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