As soon as I find my glasses Iâ€™m going to clip this article from the science section of the New York Times.
â€œOlder Brain Really May Be a Wiser Brainâ€?
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 donâ€™t know about you, but it seems to me that every year is busier and faster, with new things to learn and new challenges. Iâ€™m old enough to be over the hill, but Iâ€™m still climbing. All my friends are in the same situation. Wasnâ€™t middle age supposed to be boring? Not now it isnâ€™t. But all this mental labor has to pay off…
â€œA broad attention span may enable older adults to ultimately know more about a situation and the indirect message of whatâ€™s going on than their younger peers,â€? Dr. Hasher said. â€œWe believe that this characteristic may play a significant role in why we think of older people as wiser.â€?
Okay, now itâ€™s time to turn off the computer and apply my wisdom to the day job.