The director of the George Washington University School of Medicine argues that the brain of an older person is much more practical than is generally believed. At this age, the interaction of the right and left hemispheres of the brain becomes harmonious, which expands our creative possibilities. This is why among people over 60 you can find many personalities who have just started their creative activities.
Of course, the brain is not as fast as it was in youth. However, it becomes more flexible. As a result, with age we are more likely to make the right decisions and we are less exposed to negative emotions. The peak of human intellectual activity occurs around the age of 70, when the brain begins to function fully.
Over time, the amount of myelin in the brain increases, a substance that facilitates the rapid passage of signals between neurons. As a result, intellectual capacity increases by 300% over the average.
It is also interesting to note that after the age of 60, a person can use two hemispheres at the same time. This allows you to solve much more complex problems.
Professor Monchi Uri, from the University of Montreal, believes that the brain of the elderly chooses the path that consumes the least energy, eliminates the unnecessary and leaves only the appropriate options to solve the problem. A study was conducted in which different age groups participated. The young people were very confused when they passed the tests, while the over 60s made the right decisions.
Now let’s look at the characteristics of the brain between 60 and 80. They are truly mind-boggling.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OLDER PERSON’S BRAIN
1. The neurons in the brain do not die, as everyone around you says. The links between them simply disappear if you don’t engage in mental work.
2. Distraction and forgetfulness occur because of an overabundance of information. Therefore, you don’t need to concentrate all your life on useless trifles.
3. From the age of 60 onwards, a person does not use one hemisphere at a time, like young people, but both when making decisions.
4. Conclusion: if a person leads a healthy life, moves, has a viable physical activity and has a full mental activity, intellectual capacities do not decrease with age, they simply grow, reaching a peak at the age of 80-90.
So don’t be afraid of old age. Strive to develop intellectually. Learn new skills, make music, learn to play musical instruments, paint pictures! Dance! Take an interest in life, meet and communicate with friends, plan for the future, travel as best you can. Don’t forget to go to the shops, cafes, shows. Don’t live in a vacuum. Don’t become taciturn, mysanthropic, don’t be silent. For silence, they say, is golden; but it is destructive. So speak, talk, tell, teach, etc.; but don’t be silent, don’t be in isolation, it is destructive to anyone.
Live with the thought: all good things, that is, all possibilities are still ahead of me!
A large study in the United States found that:
- The most productive age of a person is from 60 to 70 years;
- The 2nd most productive human stage is the age from 70 to 80 years old;
- The 3rd most productive stage – 50 and 60 years old.
- Before that, the person has not yet reached his peak.
- The average age of the Nobel Prize laureates is 62;
- The average age of the presidents of the 100 largest companies in the world is 63 years;
- The average age of pastors in the 100 largest churches in the United States is 71;
- The average age of dads is 76 years.
- This confirms that a person’s best and most productive years are between 60 and 80 years of age.
This study was published by a team of doctors and psychologists in the New England Journal of Medicine. They found that at 60 you reach the peak of your emotional and mental potential, and this continues until you are 80. Therefore, if you are 60, 70 or 80 years old, you are at the best level of your life.
New England Journal of Medicine, completed by M.B.; https://deemagclinic.com/2021/07/06/aging/