Can’t remember where you placed your car keys again? Already forgotten what you read just a few minutes ago?
Such situations often lead adults to conclude they’re on a downward spiral, that their aging brains just aren’t as agile as they used to be.
Neural connections that convey information do weaken with age and disuse, reports New York Times health editor Barbara Strauch. However, contrary to popular belief, research shows your brain can continue to develop as you grow older, building neural connections that help you recognize patterns, better see the “big picture,” and achieve deeper understanding of complex issues.