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'Brain decline' begins at age 27
BBC NEWS ^ | 2009/03/16 | NA

Posted on 03/16/2009 7:34:32 PM PDT by neverdem

Mental powers start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, marking the start of old age, US research suggests.

Professor Timothy Salthouse of Virginia University found reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualisation all decline in our late 20s.

Therapies designed to stall or reverse the ageing process may need to start much earlier, he said.

His seven-year study of 2,000 healthy people aged 18-60 is published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.

To test mental agility, the study participants had to solve puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols.

The same tests are already used by doctors to spot signs of dementia.

In nine out of 12 tests the average age at which the top performance was achieved was 22.

The first age at which there was any marked decline was at 27 in tests of brain speed, reasoning and visual puzzle-solving ability.

Things like memory stayed intact until the age of 37, on average, while abilities based on accumulated knowledge, such as performance on tests of vocabulary or general information, increased until the age of 60.

Professor Salthouse said his findings suggested "some aspects of age-related cognitive decline begin in healthy, educated adults when they are in their 20s and 30s."

Rebecca Wood of the Alzheimer's Research Trust agreed, saying: "This research suggests that the natural decline of some of our mental abilities as we age starts much earlier than some of us might expect - in our 20s and 30s.

"Understanding more about how healthy brains decline could help us understand what goes wrong in serious diseases like Alzheimer's.

"Alzheimer's is not a natural part of getting old; it is a physical disease that kills brain cells, affecting tens of thousands of under 65s too.

"Much more research is urgently..."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: aging; cognition; neurobiology; neurology
When does age-related cognitive decline begin?
1 posted on 03/16/2009 7:34:32 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

lol.

we should ask Einstein and many of the other great thinkers of history about that.... and then ask public school kids to invent something.


2 posted on 03/16/2009 7:35:51 PM PDT by GeronL (....and I won't let it happen again!)
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To: neverdem

Well, crap... I’m 26.
*shrug* - As good a reason as any to go get a beer.


3 posted on 03/16/2009 7:35:56 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: neverdem

No. Brain decline begins at Budweiser.


4 posted on 03/16/2009 7:36:21 PM PDT by stboz
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To: neverdem

Great, I turned 48 today.


5 posted on 03/16/2009 7:36:31 PM PDT by Tony in Hawaii (NUTS!)
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To: neverdem

Whuh?


6 posted on 03/16/2009 7:36:48 PM PDT by cowtowney
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To: neverdem

I don’t understand this.


7 posted on 03/16/2009 7:36:59 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: neverdem
Another thread on this.
8 posted on 03/16/2009 7:37:45 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: neverdem

.....?????...where the hell did they find all those old mice?


9 posted on 03/16/2009 7:37:58 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: neverdem

“’Brain decline’ begins at age 27”

Rut roh. I started at age 14.


10 posted on 03/16/2009 7:38:03 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: neverdem

LOL...the 22-year-olds I know will be in SAD shape if that is the height of their mental powers.


11 posted on 03/16/2009 7:38:08 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: neverdem

Nah. I did my own study on 3 subjects. Decline begins around 14 or 15. It completely reverses by 21 though.


12 posted on 03/16/2009 7:38:13 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: neverdem
Nonsense, my brain decline began in '68.

Oh, age.

never mind.

13 posted on 03/16/2009 7:38:24 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: GeronL
we should ask Einstein and many of the other great thinkers of history about that....

If you can contact Einstein, I can stop worrying about old age altogether.

14 posted on 03/16/2009 7:40:16 PM PDT by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: neverdem

It begins, actually, after birthing children. ‘After the afterbirth goes the brain’. Srsly. ;)


15 posted on 03/16/2009 7:40:22 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

What if you didn’t have one to begin with, like the Obama voters?


16 posted on 03/16/2009 7:42:21 PM PDT by voveo
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To: neverdem

I can’t get my brain around that one... decline of cognitive recollection recall introspection.


17 posted on 03/16/2009 7:42:44 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Happy Birthday!


18 posted on 03/16/2009 7:43:42 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: neverdem



19 posted on 03/16/2009 7:45:17 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (FOBO)
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To: neverdem

I’m 60 and ah.... hey, does anybody know where I put my teeth, anybody, anybody?


20 posted on 03/16/2009 7:48:15 PM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: OneWingedShark

seem to happen a few years after the beer incline.


21 posted on 03/16/2009 7:49:33 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: voveo

That must be a ‘genetic thang’. ‘Food stamp genome’. Generations have suffered. We need to fund scientific research as to why people stay ‘on the plantation’.


22 posted on 03/16/2009 7:50:26 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: GeronL

My daughter celebrates her 27th on Friday .. I am NOT sending this article to her.


23 posted on 03/16/2009 7:53:32 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Tony in Hawaii

>> Great, I turned 48 today.

Ah, that explains it. Please review yur post. Spel chek is yur friend.

Yeah, sure, it doesn’t appear to you that you misspelled anything, but remember — you’re 48.


24 posted on 03/16/2009 7:53:44 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: Gator113

>> hey, does anybody know where I put my teeth

You asked that yesterday! Lost ‘em again? :-)


25 posted on 03/16/2009 7:55:22 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: neverdem

wait what?


26 posted on 03/16/2009 7:55:31 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: EDINVA

lol.

I believe this like I believe Al Gore


27 posted on 03/16/2009 7:57:13 PM PDT by GeronL (....and I won't let it happen again!)
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To: neverdem
'Brain decline' begins at age 27

Speaqk for yourselves. My brain decline didn't begin until Nov. 5th, 2008 and I'm past 27 . . . . . . by a bit!!

28 posted on 03/16/2009 7:57:36 PM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: bigbob

Maybe so, maybe so...
But if recent events say anything then it’s being stupid and taking no account or responsibility for yourself, your future, and NOT doing anything that earns you pay. [/cynic]

Stupid congress.


29 posted on 03/16/2009 8:02:01 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Good one. You got me. ;>)


30 posted on 03/16/2009 8:02:54 PM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: BlueAngel

Thanks. :)


31 posted on 03/16/2009 8:06:40 PM PDT by Tony in Hawaii (NUTS!)
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To: GeronL
We should ask Einstein and many of the other great thinkers of history about that.... and then ask public school kids to invent something.
Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity in 1906, when he was 27.
32 posted on 03/16/2009 8:07:07 PM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: jmcenanly

hey!

**fingers in ears**

lalalalalalalala I cannot HEAR you!!


33 posted on 03/16/2009 8:08:19 PM PDT by GeronL (....and I won't let it happen again!)
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Pre-steroid era, most baseball players peaked at 27. Then the decline would set in. Hall of famers are the ones that had the highest peaks, and then the slowest rate of decline.

Bill James had this figured out in the late eighties.

34 posted on 03/16/2009 8:13:49 PM PDT by vollmond (I'm an issues voter. If you're a Democrat, I've got issues.)
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To: neverdem

I blame the exwife for those lost braincells.

She took everything else and I can honestly say, as long as she’s gone, I can live without them.


35 posted on 03/16/2009 8:15:34 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: neverdem

‘Brain decline’ begins at age 27’

Dats a LYE! I B juz as kwik ats fifity sis as I were ats twebbedy seben.


36 posted on 03/16/2009 8:19:05 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: neverdem

Alzheimer’s has recently been redefined as “diabetes 3”. New memory creation occurs at the moment of glucose uptake into a brain neuron. I have a breakthrough diabetes treatment process that facilitates rapid glucose uptake into cells (as much as 70% of total body serum glucose within one hour). Two of the major researchers in this area believe that my diabetes treatment process will have a beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s symptoms. This is supported by the fact insulin injections have already been shown to improve cognitive abilities.


37 posted on 03/16/2009 8:34:45 PM PDT by kruss3 (Kruss3@gmail.comsto)
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To: neverdem

well just another excuse the liberal side of ‘GENERATION GOMER’ can use,(along with ‘it’s not my fault’) for all their, uh hem, problems.


38 posted on 03/16/2009 8:46:18 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: neverdem

Well that explains the government


39 posted on 03/16/2009 8:46:28 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
I always thought it was my wife draining the life force out of me.....sort of like Superman and Kryptonite. You know, it starts innocently enough, being dragged into a craft store. The next thing you know you are spending hours in a fabric store picking out colors for the curtains, a broken man.
40 posted on 03/16/2009 9:11:48 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: neverdem

Bull.


41 posted on 03/16/2009 9:16:10 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: neverdem

Logan’s Run anyone?


42 posted on 03/16/2009 9:21:58 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: jmcenanly
Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity in 1906, when he was 27. .

Einstein was 27 in 1906, but that is not the year the General Theory was published. The Special Theory was proposed in 1905, when Einstein was 26. The General Theory was published in 1916, when he was 37. He made contributions to Physics well after that, mostly as a critic -- but an important one -- of quantum mechanics, a theory he ironically did a great deal to motivate in the first place. I don't think many people appreciate how important the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen paradox and the subsequent clarification of it in Bell's Inequality (or Bell's Theorem) is to the foundational understanding of quantum mechanics. It was published in 1935, when Einstein was 56.

The 130th anniversary of his birthday just passed on Saturday, March 14th.

43 posted on 03/16/2009 10:44:47 PM PDT by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

I knew I had peaked when I was your age, but I hung on until I was 52 to retire. Duh, I am 62 now. Yea social security! But, where the hell did I park my car?


44 posted on 03/16/2009 11:43:16 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks neverdem. I was trying to tell someone about this, and then forgot what I was talking about.


45 posted on 03/17/2009 6:20:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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