As the days go by, we are growing older and with our aging bodies, comes the inevitable aging of the brain. However, while brain aging is said to inevitable, even with using nootropics to keep it at the peak performance, everyone’s brains are different with the effects of aging being just a varied.
The Human Brain At A Glance:
The human brain weight is only about 3 pounds but is a miracle in biological engineering. It houses around 100 billion neurons which are interconnected by trillions of synapses. This organ of ours is an ever-changing one with its networks and pathways being connected and constantly severed from the time it starts to develop to our old age when it ceases to function.
An interesting fact about brains is that a child’s brain creates more than a million new neural connections every second for the first few years of his or her life. As for the size of the brain, it is four times as big by the time the child reaches age 6 with the brain being roughly 90% of the scale of an adult’s brain.
The frontal lobes of the brain are responsible for important and executive functions like memory, planning and your impulse control. This part of the brain is one of the last ones to fully mature with the full development taking as long as 35 years to be completed.
What Does Brain Aging Signify?
Brain aging is a normal phenomenon as it is also an organ in the body like the others. Some men and women start getting anxious when they experience memory slips as they associate these memory slips with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias which are not part of healthy brain aging. Often the anxiety of these people is unfounded as everyone experiences memory lapses, whether it’s the 72-year-old neighbor or the 22-year-old across the street.
While memory slips are common occurrences for all ages, some memory changes can be associated with normal brain aging:
- Finding It Difficult To Learn New Thing: It can become difficult to learn new activities and actions as you get older because cementing new memories into the brain can take longer.
- Multitasking: It can be difficult to plan multiple tasks simultaneously due to the slower processing and sorting of information by the brain.
- Recalling numbers and names: It’s known that the ability to memorize numbers and names called strategic memory starts its decline from the age of 20.
- Remembering schedules: It can become difficult to retrieve and recall information stored in the brain until the memory is jogged with cues.
Some studies state that one-third of the older people in the studies have a declarative memory which is the memory of facts and events that can be stored and retrieved. There are also other studies conducted that found that one-fifth of older people aged 70 who took cognitive tests, scored just as well as 20-year-olds.
To conclude, while we understand some of the facts and realities of brain aging, we still haven’t figured out all the puzzles that make up the human brain.