does brain stop working after a certain age?

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a recent survey has proved that brain stops working after a certain age
is that true?
  • Profile picture of the author jimmymc
    I guess, since it has been proven...it must be true.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      what recent survey?
      where was it published?
      who did the survey?
      what "age" are they referring to?

      Unused brains may stop working efficiently - but a well exercised brain (barring disease or injury) just keeps chugging along.

      Thus the term "muscle head"?

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      • Profile picture of the author Curt Dillion
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        what recent survey?
        where was it published?
        who did the survey?
        what "age" are they referring to?

        Unused brains may stop working efficiently - but a well exercised brain (barring disease or injury) just keeps chugging along.

        Thus the term "muscle head"?

        kay
        Kay is right. This is a topic that is often discussed at Mensa meetings. Those folks worry about such things.

        There are also studies that prove that people who read, or do other mental things like crossword puzzles, keep their brain working just fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
      LOL. Good one Jimmy.

      Originally Posted by jimmymc View Post

      I guess, since it has been proven...it must be true.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Yes, but only for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author artwebster
    Yes, the brain does stop working after a certain age - it's commonly known as 'death'.
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    • Profile picture of the author CTABUK
      Originally Posted by artwebster View Post

      Yes, the brain does stop working after a certain age - it's commonly known as 'death'.
      That earned you an applause.

      Simple logic explained beautifully Made my day.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ron Kerr
        I think the brain doesn't generally start working properly until you are in your 30's, but it is all downhill from then.

        I, of course, am an exception, since my brain did not ever properly kick in. Posting a reply here is proof enough of that.

        One day perhaps it will, but then I am in my 50's and fear that time is running out. Oh, well.............
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        • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
          Originally Posted by Ron Kerr View Post

          I think the brain doesn't generally start working properly until you are in your 30's, but it is all downhill from then.

          I, of course, am an exception, since my brain did not ever properly kick in. Posting a reply here is proof enough of that.

          One day perhaps it will, but then I am in my 50's and fear that time is running out. Oh, well.............
          Oh, thank goodness. Yes, I actually felt a huge difference in the way my brain worked after age 30. For instance, during high school, I got B's and C's even though I tried my best to get A's. I went back to school a third time at age 30 and graduated at the top of my class with my Master's Degree. So, I would say your observation is correct.
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          • Profile picture of the author jonak
            Its really a shocking news. But this has been proved
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris
    yes the brain usually stops woring not in all cases but there are some cases in which when the age crosses 80, just the people can do their routine work. i mean they cant do innovative things after crossing this particular age
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    It has been proven that having the proper nutrition and mental stimulation over rides any chronological age within reason.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      yes the brain usually stops woring not in all cases but there are some cases in which when the age crosses 80, just the people can do their routine work. i mean they cant do innovative things after crossing this particular age
      Care to back that up with some facts? Don't think you can. Some people have brains that stop working well at 80 , some at 20, some have brains that never do much work at all.

      I think the "death" comment was the best answer. Cracked me up.
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  • Profile picture of the author singleparent001
    sure? how to active again?
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    • Profile picture of the author acreativetouch
      Originally Posted by singleparent001 View Post

      sure? how to active again?
      1) write down where you are having problems? math, language, etc.
      2) go on the web and look up "brain injury" and read up on skills vs location of damage...it will SURPRISE you how lost/deficient skills relate to areas of the brain that are blocked or injured.

      the brain is one of the more resilient organs in the body. People who have had half their brain removed have regained nearly full functioning with rehab.

      3) FOCUS on EXCERCISING those deficient skills.
      a) Read.
      b) Turn off "brain hypnotizing" activities: eg: TV addiction.
      c) take classes in those areas where you are having difficultity.

      Reasoning: When you ascess what areas you are having problems, eg: left pariatal, that is math, organized thinking, direction orientation. once you know where you are having problems, it's like a muscle: if you use it it makes it stronger or in the brain's case, it'll make more nerve connections to replace damaged connections. That is how paryalized people learn to walk, speak, and regain functioning. Repetition will form new pathways enabling you to regain that area of function or cognitive learning.

      Reading stimulate ALL areas of the brain, from the penal gland to motor cortex. By itself it makes new pathways ALL OVER. Also, listen to classical music very low at night or sounds of nature--the ocean, wind through the trees seems to help calm the spirit and make the brain function more evenly.

      Hope this helps!

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  • Profile picture of the author artwebster
    Just a little after-thought -

    Who answered the survey questions and, if they were aware that the brain ceased functioning from direct, personal experience, how?
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Yeah Ron -- never having brain activities start in the first place seems to be a symptom of life in the US today.

    The brain "quits" completely upon death. What it does with age is atrophy. If you don't walk enough your calf and thigh muscles will atrophy, too - brain is no different. Needs exercise and it needs you to quit filling it with toxins like irradiated food, fluoride, and aluminum. If you are going to work to kill brain functions, why be surprised when you succeed? Why are we all so shocked when someone over 70 can think clearly. It's not an anomaly, it's the way we were supposed to be. If you want to see what is really a good question - look around your major cities and notice that there are more hospitals and doctors offices than any other type of business - then notice in the help wanted adds that most of the jobs are now medical. That is what is anomalous, sick, twisted, and perverted. Why are so many ill and dysfunctional? That is NOT NORMAL.

    I have seen some pretty sharp yet extremely old people - and I'm not talking old like me, I'm talking old like Mike Wright -- and even older. (oops, Sorry Mike).
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Age has nothing to do with it.

      Your brain stops working when you have kids. That's why people have more than one.

      It kicks in again when they leave home.

      I hope.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mikhail Jon
    I am a registered nurse and I studied anatomy and physiology for 4 years of my life and never have I stumbled upon this kind of info.

    If I remember correctly, the only way your brain could stop working is if your brain dead, or literally dead...

    Because even people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's technically has their brain working for them , except it isn't working in a proper way.

    Bottom line, as long as your living and breathing it means your brain is still actively functioning.

    Remember: when your brain stops working it means your DEAD.

    The brain controls everything in our body. So, technically that scientifically proven research is correct. Because at a certain age people die and their brains stop working
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Once you reach your teens, you will start losing brain tissue everyday. As you age, you become liable to various degenerative conditions such as multi-infarct dementia and alzheimers. This is why we often see some personality changes in older people but most of it is not good.

    For example, they start losing their short term memory but retains their long term memory. One manisfestation of this would be to dwell on the past. In more serious case of dementia, besides losing their memory. They also lose the ability to urinate and defaecate i.e. they return back to the state when they were a baby.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeewant
    Can you give the link to the survey. I think tis not true..
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  • Profile picture of the author lenlach
    OMG! I thought that I and my brain would live forever. Now what do I do?
    I'm taking Vivex and you should too!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Derek - What a load of it! "They"????do this and "they" do that?

      For years it was believed that people lost brain function as they aged, that dementia was a consequence of aging minds and that it was a universal truth.

      Studies (in the past 20 years that is) have shown that dementia is caused by disease - and aging is not a disease - and most recently found that adults who remain physically active as well as mentally active do not show a decrease in brain function.

      But also, the most recent studies have found brain function is significantly higher and in "normal" range for those who maintain good physical condition - including controlling their weight - throughout their adult lives.

      It's been called a "significant" finding (the physical activity/weight link) but I don't know why scientists are surprised that the same activity that provides good blood flow and provides muscular/tissue health to your body (exercise) has the same effect on your brain.

      As CTABUCK has shown - trying to prove these theories can have strange results. Not sure he'll ever be normal again - but, then, he never was.

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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Kay, I am a doctor. What I wrote here I learnt from medical school and I stand by it.

    http://www.healthandage.com/html/min...t/other6_2.htm

    http://mentalhealth.about.com/cs/agi...tebrain303.htm

    I agree that ageing should not be regarded as a disease per se, but sometimes there is nothing one can you to prevent certain conditions from happening. It is a fact of life that cognitive changes will occur as one ages as is the case with presbyopia



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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      It temporarily stops working at age 13.

      For some people, it never starts working again.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Derek -

        Not saying you can prevent anything - but not that long ago doctors told aging patients that senile dementia was a consequence of old age - but then the disease of Alzheimers was discovered. Now science focuses on delaying the onset or delaying the progress of that disease.

        There are many changes in thought process that happen in between teen years (when you know it all) and old age (when you know it all from way back when). The way we think changes as a "quick mind" begins to balance with knowledge and life experience. As we use (we're told) only a small percentage of our brain cells, maybe we lose some we aren't using anyway - I've always found the "loss of cells" a strange argument for that reason.

        The OP's statement was asking whether the brain "stops working at a certain age" - not whether the brain works differently. Can any doctor say "the brain stops working at 73" or "stops at 85" - of course not. The cognitive ability of most - but not all - people slows with advanced age.

        My own doctor thinks recent studies are on the right path as he says there's common sense in thinking the fitness of the body could also increase and maintain the fitness of the mind. His theory is that a fit body makes better use of oxygen - which also benefits the brain.

        I understand what you are saying - that nearing the end of life our systems slow down and become far less efficient. What medical researchers are looking for are ways to delay the onset of that "slow down" and trying to identify the triggers that begin the "slowing" process.

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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

        It temporarily stops working at age 13.

        For some people, it never starts working again.
        Please don't say that. Kid #2 turns 13 next month.
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        • Profile picture of the author ThomM
          It doesn't stop working, it just gets more selective about what it works on.
          Besides when you get old you can play the senile card.
          That allows you to get away with the stuff you used to get in trouble for.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    For males which brain are you talking about? I still think, but not well, with either 'brain'

    As I've gotten older the one on top of my neck gets me into more trouble (see the remote in the fridge post I made recently) than the other one south of the neck. It use to get me into trouble as a young man, but now - not so much.

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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    My penis stopped working years ago.

    Havent had a boner since the 90"s.
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  • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
    Yeah it stops working once you stop aging.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    What was this thread all about again?
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Thomas Wilkinson View Post

      What was this thread all about again?
      I dunno. The memory is the first thing to go....and I don't remember what the second thing is. Wait! What was the question? Huh?
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  • Profile picture of the author themax37
    As far as I am aware... if your brain doesn't function, you are dead.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Wright
    Must be a ton of dead people in these forums then LOL
    (Me and CTAB are not among them ... anyhow I am an Arcangel
    and immortal(ish) )
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