Having passed the age of 27 some years back, it was disheartening to read that the brain starts to decline from then. In some odd research study on brain power in people from 18-60, they found that brain power peaked at 22 and started to decline at 27. Though I have serious doubts as to the validity of the study and its findings, it is nevertheless a worrying case.
Now, I probably suffer from what some colleagues like to refer to as Sometimer’s Disease, as opposed to All timers (a colloquial way of saying Alzheimer’s), but I’d like to think my Sometimer’s is related to not focusing attention to the matter at hand. For, if you don’t focus, you tend to forget in the next second and have to ask someone to repeat what they said.
But this new study has me wondering. Scientists say this may help them to better understand dementia and Alzheimer’s. But how? Dementia is not necessarily an old age problem, but many elderly suffer from it, and it usually occurs later in life. Less frequently, it can occur in the younger population and is referred to as precocious dementia. This may also occur in some neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and most especially, Huntington’s disease. But on the whole, it is something that is restricted to the elderly. However, if the findings of this new study are true and valid, it means that dementia should usually start occurring by age 30. At this rate, I should well be on way to full-blown dementia. (Hmmm…It might explain a lot.)
The study was performed over 7 years and involved 2000 participants. Now, unless they give the brain test to the same person at different stages in their lives, I cannot see how they can determine that brain power peaks at 22 and starts to deteriorate at 27. Perhaps the 22-year-olds in their study are particularly brilliant and the 60-year-olds are obviously not going to be as quick. Comparing the mind of one 27-year-old to a 22-year-old has to take into account everything about their backgrounds. If you show me that the 22-year-old performed well one year and five years later his performance declined, then I might be inclined to give you some credit, provided the circumstances of the test are identical – fully rested, no illness, etc.
Oh, well, brain decline is an inevitability, just like death. Though I’d hate to think I’m on the edge of the cliff.