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    hermes is offline Registered User
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    middle-aged man wants to prevent Alzheimer's by going back to studying

    Seriously, it's no longer intellectual curiosity or desire to get academic credit (though those both still apply). I am considering going back to school because both my parents have died or are dying of this dreaded disease, and I read that getting a higher education is one of the best ways to prevent the disease developing.

    Funny thing is, although I have been tested for minor cognitive impairment (one sibling has) I do observe that the Sanskrit and Shakespeare I memorized in the 30-35 years ago, I have not forgotten, while I find it very difficult to memorize anything now, even the back cover of a book.

    It is time to stretch my brain. I hear it might take a course or two, especially in areas I have no background

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    Hermes,

    I am a life-long learner. So please help me. What exactly is your framework for "middle-aged"
    Is it:
    a. 30-40?
    b. 40-50?
    c. 50-65?

    Just curious.

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    Anyone? Anyone?

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    Middle-aged is usually 40 to 60.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmboy View Post
    Hermes,

    What exactly is your framework for "middle-aged"

    Just curious.
    Depends on if it's in front of you or in the rear view mirror!

    Generally somewhere between 40s and retirement community, maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Heiks View Post
    Middle-aged is usually 40 to 60.
    I tend to agree with this.

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    Okay, I guess I can live with that. Jerry seems to agree


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    I would say it the year after what ever age I happen to be at the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmboy View Post
    Okay, I guess I can live with that. Jerry seems to agree

    Farmboy,

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    I've heard that learning and regularly using a second language can put off the onset by as much as 10-15 years. Something about new neural pathways being created.

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    So I am almost 4 years away from being middle aged!!! Noooooo!

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