O-kay who hasn’t had one of those OMG moments? Like, I can’t remember the name of that movie I just saw or that song I want to hear. The recall is not as quick as it once was, but the pistons seem to still be firing. We call it getting older. I prefer to think of it as my brain is so full of useful and useless information that it just takes a little longer to shuffle through the files.
Research tells us that contrary to what we think, in some ways our brain improves with age. They call this crystalized intelligence. This is the ability to use your ever growing storage of knowledge, skills and experience for situations as they rise. And guess what? It doesn’t start to peak until your mid-sixties to early seventies!
Crystalized intelligence is not memory, but it is our ability to quickly access our memory, evaluate a situation and apply our knowledge to solve problems and make decisions.
So while younger brains may have speed, older brains are more efficient; meaning they can take shortcuts to solve a problem. We’ve been there and done that before. So we simply reach into our stockpile of information for solutions and take the path of least resistance. This means as we age we’ve been through a lot in life and this allows us to go from one point to the next in a quick and logical manner. We can discern between what is important and what is basically useless in a relatively short amount of time.
There’s a simple term for this; wisdom! So let the young brains run fast. Someday they’ll catch up to us! In the mean time we can just watch them run with the full knowledge that they may be able to create an app a day, but we’ve got crystalize intelligence on our side!
Here’s to the wise!Doctor Lynn
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