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Our Middle Aged BrainsAh… if only I could stay young… instead of faking it.

Even if I did pretend, I have too many reminders bringing me back to my middle aged reality… like not being able to recall what movie I saw last weekend!

No kidding! Itís actually true that our brains change with age. There was a report that said forty percent of your brain cells are lost with age but thatís actually not true.

Theyíre not lost but recent studies show the neural connections that receive, process and transmit information can weaken with disuse or age. But hearing a sound similar to words youíre trying to remember can trigger your memory so you can recall that movie name you forgot.

Something the middle aged brain is better at doing is recognizing the central idea or big picture. So if the brain is in good shape, it can build pathways that allow it to recognize patterns and their significance and find a solution faster than a young person.

How do you keep effective brain connections and establish more of them?

Even at middle age, the human brain has plasticity… meaning it can change and increase the complexity of the connections. One theory about promoting adult brain health is to confront your brain with thoughts that are contrary to your own.

For example when taking a history class, read multiple viewpoints and reflect on how that influences your opinion. If you only read about and talk with those who agree with your views, your brain wonít be challenged to create new connections.

So force your brain to stretch!

Learn a foreign language or take a different route to work. Just because you're middle-aged like we are does not mean your brain can't stay sharp.

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National Public Radio broadcast an episode entitled "The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd" by Michelle Trudeau that described some of the features of our brains in middle age.
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NPR also broadcast an episode on "Fresh Aire" from WHYY on the topic.
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An article on The Medical News entitled "Study finds brain changes begin gradually in 'middle age'" summarizes the results from the study.
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For an interesting article on the aging brain, go here.

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