middle-aged man wants to prevent Alzheimer's by going back to studying

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  1. hermes

    hermes New Member

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    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?
     
  4. Ted Heiks

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    Middle-aged is usually 40 to 60.
     
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    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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    I tend to agree with this.
     
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    Okay, I guess I can live with that. Jerry seems to agree

    [video=youtube;KDF31Vy42E0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDF31Vy42E0[/video]
     
  8. Randell1234

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    I would say it the year after what ever age I happen to be at the time :silly:
     
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    Farmboy,

    I saw the “Killer” perform at a ‘slop-shoot’ called the Rising Sun in Trinity, Texas back during my youthful days at Sam Houston State. What a place (several steps down from Gilley's) … one could have their teeth pulled for free with little or no provocation necessary. Ye hi… :icon16:
     
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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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