A friend shared the following in an email. Don’t know the author, researcher or scientist; or if there is any validity to this information. However, thought it worth sharing.
Brains of elderly people can be compared to a computer.
For those of us who are zestfully embracing the aging process yet concerned about our ability to recall people, things, and events, this little tidbit of information will give you some comfort – as least it gives me comfort; and brought a smile to my face.
- Brains of the elderly are slow because they know so much. Scientists believe the brains of older people only appear to be less speedy because they have so much information to access, much like a filled-up hard drive computer.
- So much stored information. Elderly people have so much information in their brain that it takes longer for them to access it.
- Older people do not decline mentally with age. It just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. Much like a computer takes longer as the hard drive gets full; humans take longer to access information. Researchers say this slowing down is not the same as cognitive decline.
- Older people simply know more. The human brain appears to work slower in old age because so much information has been stored over time. Selecting a correct choice from the trove of stored data may take a bit longer.
I don’t know if this is accurate information. However, it sounds good; and it makes me feel so much better. How about you?