The Brain of an Elderly Person

Jun 24, 2022 | Teacher's Corner

The Director of the George Washington University College of Medicine argues that the brain of an elderly person is much more plastic than is commonly believed. At this age, the interaction of the right and left hemispheres of the brain becomes harmonious, which expands our creative possibilities. That is why among people over 60 you can find many personalities who have just started their creative activities.

Of course, the brain is no longer as fast as it was in youth. However, it wins in flexibility. That is why, with age, we are more likely to make the right decisions and are less exposed to negative emotions. The peak of human intellectual activity occurs at about 70 years old, when the brain begins to work at full strength.

Professor Monchi Uri from the University of Montreal believes that the brain of an elderly person chooses the least energy-intensive path, cutting unnecessary and leaving only the right options for solving the problem. A study was conducted in which different age groups took part. Young people were confused a lot when passing the tests, while those over 60 made the right decisions.
Now let’s look at the features of the brain at the age of 60-80. They are really rosy.

Features of the brain of an elderly person

  1. The neurons of the brain do not die off, as everyone around them says. Connections between them simply disappear if a person does not engage in mental work.
  2. Absent-mindedness and forgetfulness appear due to an overabundance of information. Therefore, you do not need to focus your whole life on unnecessary trifles.
  3. Conclusion: If a person leads a healthy lifestyle, moves, has a feasible activity, and has full mental activity, intellectual abilities DO NOT decrease with age, but only GROW, reaching a peak by the age of 80-90 years.
Elderly creative brain
So don’t be afraid of old age. Strive to develop intellectually. Learn new crafts make music, learn to play musical instruments, paint pictures! Dance! Take an interest in life, meet, and communicate with friends, make plans for the future, travel as best you can. Don’t forget to go to shops, cafes, concerts. Do not lock yourself alone – it is destructive for any person. Live with the thought: all the good things are still ahead of me!

A large study in the United States found that:
The most productive age of a person is from 60 to 70 years.
The second most productive human stage is the age from 70 to 80 years.
Third most productive stage – 50 to 60 years old.
Before that, the person has not yet reached his peak.

The average age of the Nobel Prize laureates is 62.
The average age of the presidents of the 100 largest companies in the world is 63.
The average age of pastors in the 100 largest churches in the United States is 71.
The average age of dads is 76 years.
This confirms that a person’s best and most productive years are between 60 and 80 years of age.


This is an excerpt from a study published by a team of doctors and pyschologists in
the New England Journal of Medicine