Senior brains

How can we improve the prognosis for our maturing Australians? Suggestions, ideas, proposals for better social and health issues, including retirement accommodation, etc.

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Senior brains

Post by Dreamweaver » 23 Jan 2012, 20:19

Would a young pair have thought of this?
How to get where you're going when you're on foot in a snow storm.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/educa ... 1&src=recg
Gene D. Cohen, a founder of the field of geriatric psychiatry, related a story about his in-laws from his book “The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain.” The couple, in their 70s, arrived in Washington for a visit during a snowstorm and found themselves stranded by the train station. When they saw a pizzeria across the street, his father-in-law had an idea. The couple went inside, ordered a pizza to be delivered to their daughter’s house, and then asked if they could ride along.

As Cohen explained, one of the brain’s most powerful tools is its ability to quickly scan a vast storehouse of templates for relevant information and past experience to come up with a novel solution to a problem. In this context, the mature brain is especially well equipped, which is probably why we still associate wisdom with age.
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Post by donander » 23 Jan 2012, 23:17

So, they were able to remember the daughter's address? :lol:
The last interglacial had less ice, higher sea levels, and warmer temperatures than this one. So, according to the evidence so far, human activity must have a COOLING effect.

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Post by Teddy » 24 Jan 2012, 10:15

DW,What a wonderful tip,thank you !I'll remember to do that in future (if I don't forget!). :biggrin:

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Re: Senior brains

Post by Maggs » 24 Jan 2012, 16:37

1957 in Barrie Ontario...driving along a slippery highway to get home from a shopping trip ; a sudden drop in temperature ( at that time to -40ºf) the car suddenly swerved and we almost hit a Stobey Pole...Whew! Husband and I got out to see if we could dig ourselves out and continue on our way.....but the extreme low temp was too much for the fuel line. We pushed, we heaved we nearly broke our backs when suddenly a nice kind trucky came to our aid. He suggested we needed to get something like chains or sacks under the wheels so they would grip.....and of course we had none in our boot. Husband came up with the solution and said " Take off your coat Maggs"? It was then I knew I needed a divorce! But I have admit the fact that he wasn't even senior at the time! I should have married an older man.

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Re: Senior brains

Post by Teddy » 25 Jan 2012, 18:46

Maggs was he serious?!

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Post by Teddy » 25 Jan 2012, 18:48

PS,Or should your post have been put in the Jokes section?!

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