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  1. Woobum Han
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    I am an AGNG 200 student at the Erickson School of Aging from UMBC. We are learning about aging. These days we are discussing about this topic which is as people aging, the ability of memory and cognition is declined. I thought this opinion is definitely true, and believed that most of physical ability also declined as well. To me this article showed a very difference perspective about bring working when we age. Older people need more time to remember something, because brain distributes memory with experience across a wider range of brain, not loss of ability of brain. Be caused by that, older people are better than young people for getting gist of things. It seems easy to see that around us. For example in any company, people who have age and experience are charged in their division. Even if their memorizing ability is less then young employees, they can build up big picture with accumulated knowledge and experiences over the years. I think mind expansion is really good word for describe that phenomenon.

  2. Kristen
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    I am a student attending the aging 200 class being offered at the Erickson School of Aging, University of Maryland Baltimore County. First, I strongly agree with the information in this post because it alerts people in our society about the stereotyping of agism which is a topic that we have studied previously. I think its important for people to understand that its true we all have times that we cant figure out a word or times that we forget details in our stories. However, a younger person is seen as just forgetting but, an older person’s forgetfulness is attributed to age which is not always the case. Furthermore, we have studied ways that older people can analyze problems or understand the bigger picture of a story more accurately than younger people and this can be for reasons such as crystallized intelligence which increases as one gets older.One component of this intelligence is the emergence of wisdom which is one of the valuable characteristics seen in our elders whom have accumulated a variety of knowledge’s and experiences over their years. Crystallized intelligence reaches its peak in older age which is a reminder to our seniors that new facets of the brain can be better activated and for the areas that lack compensation can be used to fill in some of the blanks in our memories.

  3. Wanida
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    I am currently an Aging 200 student at the Erickson School of Aging, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. We have learned that as people age, memory starts to decline. This leads to forgetting a word or number from memory. They can also temporarily get lost in familiar places. I agree that the elderly should take their time finding the right word that they are looking for. Even though memory is declining, the brain is still expanding. The youth tends to believe that a person with a declining memory, has a slower brain function. Though, the opposite is occurring.

  4. Robert Albert
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    Perhaps just slowing down a bit in general could be a goal:

    Is one having a loss for words, or just carefully choosing the right words? “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” M. Twain

    When word quantity is less important than word quality, the pace of the conversation may slower but the patience required to engage each other is certainly more memorable than just babbling along all day. The fact that one or both speakers may not be able to speak at a rapid pace is ‘hidden’ from plain view as well.

  5. Olga
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    This is the most comforting post I have read in a long time. I do experience that word loss blip sometimes. I have never heard anything about this one though–I cannot remember numbers, and that has been noticable since my 40’s. i am thankful for speed dial and phone memory.

  6. Kort Nygard
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    Two thoughts. Strategy: because our memories are stored in a neural network, it is helpful to think of all the related details you can…while relaxed and attempting to recall the name or number. Often the memory will emerge while musing related details.

    Also, related to your comments, neuroscientists are finding that older (65 yo) adults are better at problem-solving than younger (25 yo) adults.

  7. darlene87
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    I recently read that the frontal part of the brain atrophies as we age. Since that is the part of the brain that controls short term memory it’s no wonder that we forget oftener than we used to. I find that these hiccups occur more often at the end of the day when I am tired. Sometimes the lost word can be retrieved in a few moments; other times it is gone forever.

  8. Kay Van Norman
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    Loved the post. It strikes me as well that we have “forgotten” things our whole life. When my kids were little I’d remind them 3 times in 10 minutes to take their backpack, homework and gym clothes to school and yet they would often forget at least one. Should I have had them evaluated for memory impariment? Of course not – can you imagine…Dr. he keeps forgetting his gym shoes!! Distraction, anxiety, many wheels turning at once all impact memory so there is no need to attach sinister meaning to “forgetting” just because of age.

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