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Older brains slower due to knowing so much


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:26 AM

An older person takes longer to remember things because their brain contains so much information.

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It was long believed that as a person gets older they have a more difficult time remembering things due to the cognitive decline of their brain, but now scientists have revealed that it is more likely to be down to the simple fact that the older you are, the more information you have stored in your head.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:38 AM

Not to be rude but this is a well known fact.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:44 AM

It takes me hours, days.. sometimes months to remember stuff...

... so ....



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:01 PM

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:06 PM

I'm old and (so far) I don't have any problem remembering things or learning new things. I'm of the 'use it or lose it' mentality. That said, things may change in about 20 years when I'm pushing 80...but I may not care by then!

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:49 PM

View PostLilly, on 22 January 2014 - 12:06 PM, said:

I'm old and (so far) I don't have any problem remembering things or learning new things. I'm of the 'use it or lose it' mentality. That said, things may change in about 20 years when I'm pushing 80...but I may not care by then!
Oh you will care, I assure you, if you understand at all.

I wonder if this report has some scientific basis or is just someone's guess.  When I was in my teens and twenties I leaned several languages readily, some with considerable fluency.  I haven't done that again for maybe thirty or so years, simply because of being too busy doing other things.  Now that I have quite a bit of free time I've considered this -- since learning languages reportedly strengthens the brain -- but honestly the commitment required just exhausts me thinking about it.  I think maybe learning is not more difficult but you have less energy.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:58 PM

My mother spends a lot of her time doing word and number puzzles, to keep her mind active.  These are 'cryptic' puzzles, btw.

Just the other day, she couldn't remember the name of her first school!  :(


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:00 PM

View PostEldorado, on 22 January 2014 - 12:58 PM, said:

My mother spends a lot of her time doing word and number puzzles, to keep her mind active.  These are 'cryptic' puzzles, btw.

Just the other day, she couldn't remember the name of her first school!  :(
Well I can't remember what I had or breakfast this morning, but if you had asked me the same question when I was in my twenties I wouldn't have been able to remember either.  Some things are memorable and some aren't.

You aren't going to catch me doing puzzles though.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:50 PM

Just because one is "old" is no guarantee that they "know a lot".

I have been around people who were thirty to forty years older than I and they still were ignorant of everything around them and worse yet, many made a deliberate effort to be ignorant (like about computer basics) yet expected everyone around them to show them how to use their own machine.

Personally I really don't care about learning much about anything that I cannot use to make money off of. If I have no use for it then why learn it at all?

If you want a functioning brain then watch what you eat and be aware of the toxins in the food and water and refrain from eating that processed garbage they call "food" these days.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:57 PM

Makes sense to me....the more crap you put on a PC, the slower it runs, so.....

Isn't the brain essentially a computer?

And I don't necessarily think it's a question of knowledge as much as experience.....if you log more days, whether they are filled with learning or not, you still have those days of data rolling around in your noggin....


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:10 PM

it could be true. have noticed this in work life. most of us r very ambitious when young:"u wanna be this n that..." but as u age the mind n body seem to tire faster. n u be thinking:"just a stable job with ok pay would do."  in fact am now hoping for early retirement in a laid back country..

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:50 PM

I went shopping for a USB brain on Amazon yesterday... they're out of stock. Not only is my brain full, I think I have a bad sector, and I could definitely use a good defragging. LOL. :P

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:55 PM

View PostMissMelsWell, on 22 January 2014 - 02:50 PM, said:

I went shopping for a USB brain on Amazon yesterday... they're out of stock. Not only is my brain full, I think I have a bad sector, and I could definitely use a good defragging. LOL. :P
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:11 PM

So it seems this "scientific" research is based on software models. Right there that makes me skeptical. Also, their population sampling seems rather limited. What about people living in hunter-gatherer societies? I don't think they are bombarded every day with information overload. Does that mean their brains are sharp as a tack into their nineties?


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

See honey! I would have remembered our anniversary if I didn't know so much!





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