How does your brain age? While it is true that everyone’s brain ages differently (that’s why one grandfather might be sharp as a whip while the other may have Parkinson’s disease), it is also true that brains age in certain patterns that take place at certain times in our lives. Brain growth is unbelievably fast when we are developing as fetuses and infants. Not too surprising, but when you hear a number like 250,000 neurons created/minute, you have to stop and appreciate what our bodies can make. And our brains keep developing, and creating new connections… until they start to shrink, and work slower.
But don’t get discouraged, because it is not true that your brain does not create any more neurons after a certain point. Case in point, look at the amazing recovery of someone like Gabby Giffords.
This is how your brain ages:
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