The brain doesn’t decline with age, just don’t think about ...

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The brain doesn’t decline with age, just don’t think about retiring

There are many ways to stay sharp, and older adults are more emotionally stable, says a leading neuroscientist

Helen Chandler-Wilde

Life expectancy has stalled in the UK and is dropping for the most deprived in society, according to a major report published last week. But it’s not just a reduced lifespan that the issue – it is also a decline in the number of healthy years, which now means that British women can expect to spend a quarter of their life with a disability, and a fifth for men.

Yet in his new book, The Changing Mind, leading neuroscientist and bestselling author Dr Daniel Levitin argues that you can drastically increase your healthy years by looking after your brain and that the idea that your mind will inevitably decline with age is false.

In fact, old age is a time of extraordinary, and beneficial, brain development...

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