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Brain News: Cognitive Decline May Start in Your 20s

If you're in your late 20s and your brain feels a little more sluggish than usual, don't blame your last late-night ANTM TiVo marathon. New research indicates that the cognitive decline once associated with old age begins much earlier than previously thought. It seems that brain function peaks around 22 years and begins to slowly shrink starting around 27 years. After 27 years, abstract reasoning, brain speed, and puzzle-solving all show signs of diminishing function, with the average memory decline beginning around 37 years. All is not lost though; vocabulary and general knowledge skills seem to increase until at least 60. Yay!

Just like you challenge your muscles to increase your strength, playing creative brain games like crossword puzzles and sudoku generates neuron growth and increases brain function. If Brain Age is your guilty pleasure, think of it as flexing your gray matter for exercise. Don't forget that aerobic exercise is good for the brain, too.

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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 7 years
Scary!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I'm so glad I got all those standardized tests out of the way before the aphasia kicked in!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm paranoid about this because my grandpa had Alzheimer's. I do crosswords and Sudoku a lot...I've also discovered KenKen, which is sort of like Sudoku, but a bit tougher.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
I believe that. I'm 28 and my memory is already poorer than it used to be. I do crosswords and play Brain Age every once in a while, but I'm also studying new skills in school, so I hope that helps.
jesssa jesssa 7 years
everyone should own a nintendo DS with brainage
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Ha my cognitive decline started the year my migraines got worse. So I was smarter 10 years ago then I am now and it sucks. I am totally not joking either. It's no fun knowing that you used to know something and now cannot remember any details about it and that you sound like a total moron cause you're always scrambling to find the right words and end up rambling and rambling while your brain struggling to communicate. Fun.
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
Ugh...I'm almost at that age and I already feel like I'm losing some brain power. Sudoku here I come...
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I need to do this. No lie I feel like I have Alzheimer's, I have such a hard time remember things lately...not important things just more trivial things.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
see - my fiance can't laugh at me when i'm up at night doing soduko puzzles or cross words or other mind games. it's for my own good! (he's the one that's old and almost in his 40's - i'm still in my 20's - i've still got time)
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