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Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland
individuals the edge over younger people when
developing creative problem-solving strategies.
• As people age, they often score better on vo-
cabulary, verbal, spatial perception and induc-
tive reasoning tasks than most people in their
20s, perhaps because the brain devises ways to
compensate for a drop in memory retrieval. For
instance as young adults, people use the left
side of their brains to recall words and recog-
nize faces, but some older individuals can recruit
both of their brains’ hemispheres to help with
memory retrieval.
• Up to age 75, people with college degrees keep
pace on complex mental tasks with less-educated
individuals a decade younger. Researchers specu-
late that native intelligence and education act
like weatherproofing and add a protective coating
against mental deterioration.
• People without college diplomas can construct
their own mental weather-proofing by stimulating
their minds through reading, writing, word games
and using a computer. “Those who spent more
time in the digital world had better memory and
reasoning skills, and they could process informa-
tion and switch tasks more quickly,” says Cohen.
Searching the Internet and playing video games
causes you to multitask, shift attention and “coor-
dinate motor, sensory and cognitive skills in a way
that bolsters brain functioning.”
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