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Back to school: Learning a new skill can slow cognitive aging

April 27, 2016

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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Matthew Solan is the executive editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. He previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health’s Healthy Years and as a contributor to Duke Medicine’s Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College’s … See Full Bio
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Iyer Sivaramakrishnan
April 29, 2016

It is an interesting read on knowing about the natural cognitive decline at least for those crossed 60 -may be at post retirement periodof life. Even taking up running and preparing for a marathon race under proper training if one has not done anything on sport earlier, helps to meet many people from different walks of life and discuss, share ideas and offers a right platform to know something new. Running makes one learn a lot of proper techniques which keeps memory work constantly and adjust to the need and simultaneously one learns a new technique of adopting to marathon running as well. This helped me a lot as I started running marathon races since my 55h year of age;did about 3 full marsthons, 7 half marathons and one 27km hill marsthon, and about 7 times more than 35 km runs and about 20 times more than 25 kms runs during the last 8 years.. my frienda circle is well augmented through this sport which include many right from cardilogists, pathologits, to highly agile businessmen, professors, financial engineering specialists like me.

Andrew S Kahr
April 28, 2016

It would have been smart (as well as kindly) to recommend and provide a link to YOUR platform, EdX. (If especially philanthropic, you could add Coursera and Future Learn). All are free of charge, and generally allow going at your own pace.

Subhash Kanade
April 28, 2016

This is very interesting feature & ratify my innate belief since my young days. Age adds a extra dimension of experience to view the same event in better perspective.

Thank you for plodding us for more & let
me assure you it is fun.

Subhash Kanade.

Radha Thevannoor
April 28, 2016

Very informative. Good advise that we should take up courses that is challenging than the same one we have done earlier

Elizabeth Kelly
April 27, 2016

How very interesting, thanks for encouraging me to keep learning about computer science and social media.

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