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Older brains can be better and smarter than younger brains

Jun 03, 2015 02:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds

According to a new report (“Why You Should Thank Your Aging Brain”) published in the April issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, occasional lapses in total recall notwithstanding, older brains may be changing for the better.

The brain (what a brilliant, complex creation) begins to compensate in middle age by using more of itself and more of its capacity for improved judgment and decision making.

MRIs of a teenager working on a problem show a lot of activity on one side of the prefrontal cortex, the region used for conscious reasoning. “In middle age, the other side of the brain begins to pitch in a little,” the report states. “In seniors, both sides of the brain share the task equally.”

Middle aged folks are also the superior masters of their own domains. “Mastery that comes with maturity is due to changes in your glands as well as your brain,” the report informs us. “Declining levels of testosterone—even in women—results in better impulse control. The end of the hormonal roller coaster of perimenopause may also contribute to emotional stability. After midlife, people are less likely to have emotional issues like mood swings and neuroses that interfere with cognitive functions.”

To read the full informative and reassuring report, click here: http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/why-you-should-thank-your-aging-brain?utm_source=womens&utm_medium=pressrelease&utm_campaign=womens0415 

--Sarah Hagerty
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