The director of the George Washington University School of Medicine
argues that the brain of an older person is much more practical than is
commonly believed. At this age, the interaction of the right and left
hemispheres of the brain becomes harmonious, which expands our creative
possibilities. That is why among people over 60 years of age you can
find many personalities who have just started their creative activities.
Of course, the brain is no longer as fast as it was in youth. However,
it gains in flexibility. Therefore, with age, we are more likely to
make the right decisions and are less exposed to negative emotions. The
peak of human intellectual activity occurs around the age of 70, when
the brain begins to function at full strength.
Over time, the amount of myelin in the brain increases, a substance
that facilitates the rapid passage of signals between neurons. Due to
this, intellectual abilities increase by 300% compared to the average.
Also interesting is the fact that after 60 years, a person can use 2
hemispheres at the same time. This allows you to solve much more
Professor Monchi Uri, from the University of Montreal, believes that
the old man's brain chooses the path that consumes less energy,
eliminates the unnecessary, and leaves only the right options to solve
the problem. A study was conducted involving different age groups.
Young people were very confused when passing the tests, while those
over 60 years of age made the right decisions.
Now, let's look at the characteristics of the brain between the ages of
60 and 80. They are really pink.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BRAIN OF AN ELDERLY PERSON
- Neurons in the brain do not die, as everyone around you
says. The connections between them simply disappear if one does not
engage in mental work.
- Distraction and forgetfulness arise due to an overabundance
of information. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to concentrate
your whole life on unnecessary trifles.
- From the age of 60, a person, when making decisions, does
not use one hemisphere at the same time, like young people, but both.
- Conclusion: if a person leads a healthy lifestyle, moves,
has viable physical activity, and is fully mentally active,
intellectual abilities do NOT decrease with age, they simply GROW,
reaching a peak at the age of 80-90 years. DANCE
- So do not be afraid of old age. Strive to develop
intellectually. Learn new crafts, 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.
Do not forget to go to shops, cafes, shows. Don't shut up alone, it's
destructive to anyone. Live with the thought: all good things are still
ahead of me!
From the ICBDA Quarterly
Dancer's Gazette, Dec-Jan-Feb, 2023, Gladys Newton, ed.