Is it too late for me to learn new things, develop new skills, master new hobbies or sports?
According to brain research, you can learn new skills and abilities at any age, contrary to the old belief that “you can’t teach an older dog new tricks”.
The bad news is that you can’t get any younger. You can slow down, reverse, or even reverse brain aging.
It’s not magic. Mental muscle is built in the same way as your triceps and biceps. Reps!
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My Stroke Of Insight – A
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The Mind and the Brain – i
The Ultimate Guide to Brain Plasticity. 0
Rewire Your Brain – 1
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Hi, I’m Rick Green. I would like to know how I can keep my brain young. Is it possible to keep my brain young and have a solid memory? Is it possible to reverse the brain’s aging process? It’s never too late for me to learn new things, but how can I prove that?
This is something I have been interested in and working on since 20,, trying to keep my mind sharp and healthy. It’s too late for me, but I will be able to keep my mind sharp and active so that I can figure out why my body is acting strangely.
Joking aside, I am actually in better physical condition now than I was 20 many years ago. That’s kind of sad. Scientists, or, as they were called back then, “alchemist wizards”, believed that the brain develops through childhood and into teens. Then, at about 25, things lock in place.
You might be able to learn new facts or hone a skill from childhood, but the house was built. The best thing you could do for it was preventative maintenance. Your house will be in disarray faster than Dorothy’s farmhouse from the Wizard of OZ by 60.
This idea that a 50, 60,, or even 70year old brain could grow new neural networks and rewire itself was ridiculed at the time, especially when you speak to many old people. Scientists who believed that middle-aged brains could grow, develop, learn and improve were called witches, and burnt at the stake. This is a possible error. I should have started the process earlier, when I had all the facts.
Someone asked a deep question that ended up being: “Well gee, my Aunt Helen never played golf in her entire life, but she did when she was 55, and now she’s beating my Uncle Jack’s pants off, what’s the deal?” Short answer: Uncle Jack needs a belt to fit those pants.
Learning after a stroke
Personal examples are next. Dr Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist who suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak and lost her logic and mobility, was the most notable and dramatic example.
Amazingly, half of her brain was destroyed and the other half commandeered and rewired itself in order to pick up the pieces. It is a wonderful read, My Stroke of Insight. Eight years was required to rewire Dr Bolte Taylor’s brain. Massive rewiring takes a long time. You’ve probably had a toddler ask you questions after question after question.
Scientists now know that the brain of humans continues to grow and create new neuralpathways as long as we continue to learn new things and develop new skills. Jerzy Konorski, a Polish neurologist, called it Neuroplasticity. Our brains are flexible. A lot of research is being done on the brain’s ability heal, transform, and grow. You can read the full transcript of The Brain that Changes Itself at /