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.
The new edition of a neurology book, “Progress in Brain Research.”, analyzes new studies which provide evidence that the aging brain is simply taking in more data and trying to sift through a clutter of information, often to its long-term benefit. (REISTAD-LONG, 2008)
In my opinion, with all the evidence that lately becomes available, we can view our brain as a “muscle”. If we use our brain to investigate and think about new and different subjects the brain will remain in a good shape, otherwise there is a great danger of deterioration and brain diseases.
SARA REISTAD-LONG (2008). Older Brain Really May Be a Wiser Brain. The New York times. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/health/research/20brai.html?_r=1&oref=slogin