Aging Viewed in A Whole New Light

Aging Viewed in A Whole New Light

The following was sent by a friend and I thought it was worth passing along to our readers.

The brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age. Scientists believe it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, human beings take longer to access information when their brains are full.

Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.

Sometimes when older people go to another room to get something, they wonder what they came for when they get there. It is NOT a memory problem. It is nature's way of making older people get more exercise. 

So now when I reach for a word or a name, I won't excuse myself by saying "I'm having a senior moment." Instead I'll say, "My disk is full!" 

I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names. So please forward this to your friends. They may be my friends, too.

Beau Weisman, Editor