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w00t! A New Book By, Um, You Know, What’s-her-name, Tells Me Not to Worry About My Middle-Aged Brain

May 3, 2010

No, You’re Not Getting Dumber, After All!

FROM NYTIMES.COM (Tara Parker-Pope): “After we hit 40, many of us begin to worry about our aging brains. Will we spend our middle years searching for car keys and forgetting names?

The new book “The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind,” by Barbara Strauch, has the answers, and the news is surprisingly upbeat. Sure, brains can get forgetful as they get old, but they can also get better with age, reports Ms. Strauch, who is also the health editor at The New York Times.”

It’s about time! (bad pun?) There are things that mature brains do better than young ones and, big news, our brains are continuing to develop well into our 60’s. Certainly a w00t! find and promises to be an interesting read. Meanwhile, you can gather some insight into the benefits of aging for the brain, and a nice pick-me-up, from Parker-Pope’s interview at

Maybe considering PhD work in my 40s isn’t so crazy… Now, where’d I put those reading glasses?

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