We might lament over wrinkles and memory loss, but getting older has some advantages, too! According to research, the aging brain can outmaneuver the younger brain in vital ways. Here are three key benefits to growing older:
While it’s proven that aging brains can lose speed and struggle with name retrieval, they gain cognitive gusto in other ways. According to a major study on aging, middle-aged brains performed better, on average, than younger adults on cognitive tests for vocabulary, spatial-orientation skills, and inductive reasoning.
Older people have an easier time maintaining emotional stability than their younger counterparts. According to brain research, the fight-or-flight part of your brain, called the amygdala, literally calms down as it ages, reacting less intensely to negative stimuli than younger brains.
Memory and mental speed may decline with age, but years of experience may make up for it. According to studies comparing older, seasoned professionals and younger novices—including pilots, air-traffic controllers, and bank managers—the older crew scored as well or better than the younger on performance tests. Years of practice and experience seem to give older brains a competitive edge.
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