Recent research published in the Cell Stem Cell journal has provided some good news about our brains.  It is generally thought that the ageing brain cannot make new cells, which contributes towards mental deterioration in the later years.  However, a new study found newly formed neurons in the brains of people aged up to 80.  It was a small experiment, but it has given hope that mental deterioration is not inevitable as we age.

Scientists are still learning about the human brain, which is such a complex organ with about 90 billion neurons that make 100 trillion connections, or synapses.  It is understood that the firing of these neurons produces thought and cognition.

The process of renewing brain cells is called neurogenesis and the scientists added that neurogenesis is helped by healthy lifestyle choices such as diet, social interaction, continued learning, and exercise.   Once again we hear that we can help to keep our brains active and in good working order by paying attention to these factors.   There is hope that we can renew our brain cells just as well as young people in the right circumstances.    So, back to my online Italian course…..

Debbie King

Between 2014 and 2016 I took time out to travel alone around Europe, blogging about my experiences, discoveries and personal development on One of the many beautiful lessons I learned was the possibility of self-discovery and personal growth at any age. I am now passionate about achieving and encouraging successful ageing and making this a Silver Not Grey journey. I hope that Age With Me can inform, inspire, and accompany you on your silver journey. If you want to send me a comment you can do so privately or publicly. If publicly your email address need not be displayed. Please specify if you wish your comment to be private and seen only by me, thank you.

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