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Worried about mental decline at 45? Don't freak out, but be vigilant

Source: Long Angeles Times
By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog

Dr. Marc. L. Gordon, Chief, Neurology, Zucker Hillside Hospital, discusses the possibility that the decline in mental abilities may begin earlier than was previously thought.

Cognitive decline may start earlier than previously thought — about age 45, according to a study released this week — but that doesn't mean those hitting middle age should think their brain functions are doomed.

"I think the notion that we do things as well when we're older as when we're younger is not that tenable," said Dr. Marc L. Gordon, chief of neurology at Zucker Hillside Hospital and an Alzheimer's disease researcher at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, both in New York. "We don't expect a 45-year-old to play baseball as well as a 25-year-old. I think it's been fairly well documented that a lot of abilities, including our ability to remember things, declines over time."...


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