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Your Brain Is Inviting You To Be Young Again

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This is a writeup of a recent article in The Las Cruces Bulletin entitled “Can An Old Dog Learn New Tricks?  Research says yes”.

The more we learn about the human brain the more amazing it is.

What is “brain plasticity”
New research in neuropsychology is telling us that, as we get older, our brains can actually get better, instead of the other way around.   The phenomenon is called “brain plasticity”:  our brains may be the most adaptable organ we have.

While it was once thought that our brain just gradually deteriorated as we aged (from about age 50 on), new findings in neuroscience research are revealing that the aging brain can change and actually improve.

  • This means that learning new ideas, skills, attitudes and behaviors is possible
    For instance, it is suggested that a senior wanting to improve his/her golf game should do the following:
    Since brain plasticity requires motivation, be willing to change and be in a mood to learn new stuff.   In golf, that translates to taking lessons and trying things which are out of your comfort zone.  Try things which are out of your comfort zone.
  • Secondly, we can only change things we’re aware of, and things we’re paying attention to:  High self-awareness is one of the key requirements of mental toughness.  It’s also a critical element in high emotional I.Q. – the very thing that helps us to succeed in social and business settings.  So be sure to pay attention!
  • Thirdly, challenging ourselves with new tasks and games turns on the brain plasticity switches.


Your brain is inviting you to be young again
We can go a long way by promoting positive brain change (no, it’s not too late!) by harnessing our potential for brain plasticity.

Be open-minded.  Try different problem-solving approaches.  For instance, if you’re not happy with your current golf game, change it. Revamp your swing; develop new shots; hit the ball farther.  Skill building certainly extends to learning new mental toughness techniques, such as acute visualization.  Be open-minded.  Try different problem-solving approaches. In golf that means different shots and creative strategies.

One of the things we know about the aging brain is that if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, especially when you’re older, you end up making your brain and actions more rigid, and we don’t want to be rigid.

These strategies  for improving brain plasticity, as described in this section,  can be applied to all areas of human endeavor.


= = = > See also article in VeryWellMind entitled “How Experience Changes Brain Plasticity”> = = =


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Comments (4) on "Your Brain Is Inviting You To Be Young Again"

  1. There are different types of plasticity.

    Functional plasticity: refers to the brain’s ability to move functions from one damaged area of the brain to other undamaged areas.

    Structural plasticity: refers to the brain’s ability to change its physical structure as a result of learning.

    The more we know about the brain, the more we want to keep on learning.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Ann.  Yes, the brain is a fascinating organ and the more we train it, the better off we are!  Brain plasticity is a very interesting topic indeed.

  2. Hi, my mother is 71 years old and i can see she is getting forgetful and she has hard time remember what she did few days ago. I actually encourage her to play some games like sudoku, puzzle games when she is free. However, she is too lazy to do it due to lack of interest. She prefers sit still and watch movie all day long. Nothing seems to be interesting after my father passed away. Is there anything i can do to motivate her again?

    1. Thanks for your comments, Jessie.  Let me make this suggestion for your mother:  Do a Google search for “Improve Memory and Mental Health:  25 Brain Games for the Elderly”.  There are some good suggestions in there.  You might try to play “Jeopardy” with her.  It might have her interest because Jeopardy was a program that was popular in her days.  Or perhaps try to engage her in describing a TV program she just watched.  Easy…  don’t push.   I’ll try to find other suggestions for you and will send them to you.

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