Posted by Patrice Wilton | 12:08 PM | 8 comments »

I'm sorry I'm late posting, but until a moment ago, I forgot that I'd signed up! Well, I've had a busy morning - reworking a Women Fiction story that I wrote a couple of years ago, and I'm turning it into romance. But enough about me. I found something interesting in the paper today that I wanted to share. We get smarter as we age! Yes, that's right. An author delves into the makings of the middle-aged mind - and to her surprise finds out that it only gets better. Ha, Ha, and we thought we were losing it! But alas, although it's true we lose gray matter as we age, we increase the white stuff, which allows us to process information faster. The grown up brain allows us to size up situations and problem solve quicker than a younger brain. So, I'm so glad to be old and wise. LOL. Also, the article states that we get more optimistic as we age, and although a young person's brain is better at verbal memory and a host of other things, our middle aged brain is at its peak in many areas. It starts using more of itself rather than less, which is a surprise to most researchers. Exercise also is good for the brain, creates new baby cells, so get out there and start walking! We can get ideas quicker, think before we act, make more sophisticated, sound financial decisions as well. Our brains can be taught to file away and retrieve information, from both sides of the brain. Basically, the author says we need to push our brains very, very hard. And as authors, we all do that.
So here's to us! May we keep pushing forward, expanding our knowledge and grow smarter as we grow older!


  1. Mary Ricksen // May 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

    All you have to do is use it!!!!

  2. Patrice // May 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

    That's the hard part! LOL.

  3. Judy // May 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

    I love it! And here I was thinking I was losing it! Now when I look at my husband, struggling to find the right word, I can smile and say, "But I'm really smart!" LOL

  4. Nightingale // May 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

    Wow! I'm so glad to know there is something good about getting old. Just kidding. Thanks for sharing. My brain feels better for reading it.

  5. Beth Trissel // May 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

    All right! Love this encouraging post. I'll get walking!

  6. Mary Marvella // May 5, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

    I've been off line for 3 days and am going batty! Since I'm older, I really love this post!

    Thanks for making me smile.

  7. Joanne // May 6, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

    I was trying to think of ten good reasons why I shouldn't exercise today. Then I read your post, and am off to the treadmill.

  8. Patrice // May 6, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

    So glad this post energized you. I exercise everyday, and when I get stuck in my writing or need to think things through, a nice long power walk usually gives me some answers.