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Do you blame your forgetfulness on the fact that you are getting older? Maybe you need to "re-wire" your brain. Or you might need a "Brain Fitness Program."
Memory shape ups
MSNBC's mind-challenging exercises gauge how well you remember:
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Our brains change with age and at a different pace for each of us. Some studies being done today are showing the mental decline that seems to take place in the lives of most older persons doesn't have to happen. Many seniors remain "as sharp as a tack."
The new word in this area is "plasticity." It refers to the capacity of the brain to change physically by developing new connections between the millions of brain cells. The scientific term for this is neurogenesis: the birth of new neurons. These connections are part of the network of neurons that adapt to external stimuli.
New experiences, intellectual challenges, and even physical activity can promote and strengthen these connections. Use it--by mental stimulation and intellectual challenges--or lose it and experience that mental decline. Sensory experience and mental exercises can play a part improving memory and attentiveness.
Our aging brains can be taught to be young again through such things as reading, solving puzzles, learning a new language, taking music lessons, developing new physical and intellectual skills. These activities, in turn, can help us to learn new things and to think creatively. Stories abound of those in their nineties and even 100s who have the wisdom that comes with experience, judgment, and memory.
Look for more studies, information, and reports on the discoveries being made today about how even a damaged brain can change and adapt to that situation.
The brain can improve itself throughout life by responding to each person's experiences.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff