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

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by hermes, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. hermes

    hermes New Member

    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
  2. farmboy

    farmboy Member


    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.
  3. farmboy

    farmboy Member

    Anyone? Anyone?
  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Middle-aged is usually 40 to 60.
  5. BobbyJim

    BobbyJim New Member

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

    Generally somewhere between 40s and retirement community, maybe?
  6. StefanM

    StefanM New Member

    I tend to agree with this.
  7. farmboy

    farmboy Member

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

  8. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I would say it the year after what ever age I happen to be at the time :silly:
  9. major56

    major56 Active Member


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  10. Lukeness

    Lukeness New Member

    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.
  11. ryoder

    ryoder New Member

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

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