New study suggests an elderly brain can overload on information

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 6:53pm

As we get older we might have some "senior moments," and have trouble remembering things.  While some might've suggested this was because of old age, a new study says its all of the information an elderly brain holds that causes a brain overload and a decrease in memory.

These scientists believe the brain is like a computer, and the more information put into it, the slower it becomes.  "Our memories, our brains do age, they do change," said neuropsychologist Barry Rath.  He believes age does affect memory, but not because of the amount of information it stores.  "Our brains are much more complicated than computers, more directive, and proactive than a computer," said Rath.

Rath thinks its the process of finding the information that slows it down.  The more information we have, the more we may consolidate it and organize it.

Nora Gravois with the Alzheimer's Alliance thinks age affects the brain. 
"As we get older, we slow down, and so sometimes when we try to pressure our brains as we get older, we put more stress on our brains, and that creates this feeling of forgetfulness," said Gravois.  She also agrees with the study.

Gravois says good brain health isn't limited to age, and said "we have the tendency to overload our brains, and that doesn't necessarily mean that's an aging issue, that can be for any of us."


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