Brain Aging (and what you can do about it)

Thad Polk – University of Michigan

Aging is associated with subtle declines in some cognitive abilities, but not others. As we age, we become a little more forgetful, we get distracted more easily, and we can’t process information quite as quickly as we once did. At the same time, world knowledge, emotional processing, and what’s sometimes called “wisdom” tend to remain stable, or even improve, with age. Why is that?

In this talk, Professor Thad Polk, a leading researcher on the neuroscience of aging, will address that question by explaining what happens to our brains as we age. In addition to discussing specific brain regions whose function tends to decline with age, he’ll also present evidence that our brains reorganize themselves in order to compensate for age-related declines, so that we can continue to function as effectively as possible as we get older. Finally, he’ll describe some scientifically verified approaches that can help you and your brain age a little more gracefully.