Baby Boomer Brains: Aging Parent Focus Making Us Worry

Today’s NPR Morning Edition, April 20, 2010, features a story about middle age brain ability and development. Barbara Stauch, author of  The Secret Life of the Grown Up Brain (Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble), discusses what she has learned about the brains of 40-65 year-olds — the age-range of my brain. Stauch also reports on health and medical issues for the New York Times.

As an aging boomer, though “gen X” adults are probably also aware of this, I often think about my brain, usually mulling over what it is not doing. Sometimes an issue is significant as in “… what was the name of that person I promised to call?” and at others insignificant when I wonder, “Did I actually take that vitamin that was in my hand a minute ago?” After caring for a parent with dementia, I’ve noticed how the worry, while still in the back of my mind, is more prominent.

For more information on the brain, exercise, and other good brain books, read my post, Exercise and the Middle Age Brain.

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