Saturday 1 October 2016

Debunking a few myths about ageing

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

The EFITA newsletter always ends with a joke or other humorous item. The following appeared recently.

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The brains of older people are slow because they know so much.

People do not decline mentally with age. It just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains.

Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear. (So that's why I need hearing aids!)

Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so too do humans 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 according to one source, 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.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.

It is NOT a memory problem - it is simply nature's way of making older people take more exercise.

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