Most Baby Boomers have an irrational fear of Dementia, most of us would be devastated to find even mild Brain damage, thinking it as a harbinger of Alzheimers Disease.
Why we Don’t Scan the Brain
Why has the Medical Establishment promoted Colonoscopy and Prostate testing, while ignoring Brain Scans? Especially when you consider that Brain Scans are much less invasive to the body and that incidences of Dementia rivals and often exceeds the incidences of these other afflictions.
- The first dis-empowering belief is a hold over of the old Cartesian Mind-Body Dualism Theory, that the Mind is not of the Body.
- The other dis-empowering belief that is still prevalent, that nothing could be done if a problem was found.
Both these beliefs are wrong, Medicine has refuted the Cartesian Theory, proving that the Mind is of the Brain, and thus of the body, and with the recent and rapid advent of various pharmacological and non pharmacological ways of treating and protecting the Brain against decay, the idea that nothing can be done, is also false.
Neurotic Fear of Aging
I believe that it’s Neurotic response to aging. There is a Denial and even a refusal, to even consider, that anything could be wrong. This anxiety is especially keen with Baby Boomers, who are being constantly bombarded with the Medias preoccupation with so called Alzheimer Epidemic.
Another dis-empowering belief that has gained traction is that we are doomed, and that our Minds become weaker and slower, as we age, and that decreased Brain function is not only probable but inevitable. This kinda of Group Think is wrong and needs to be replaced with a more empowering and accurate belief. While it’s true that our Minds change as we age, it’s become the opinion of many, that this change is for the better and not the worst.
The Wisdom Paradox
Elkhonen Goldberg, in his book “The Wisdom Paradox; How our mind can grow stronger as your brain grows older”, goes into great detail about the Brain and it’s relationship with the Mind. This world-renowned neuropsychologist, in lively and very accessible prose, outlines how the elegant structure of our brains develop and change over the course of a lifetime.
He talks about how, as we age we develop a “cognitive expertise”, a gradual transition from “hardwired” to a more open-ended, open-minded design. This design gives Boomers, the neural capacity for processing complexity of any kind and filling it with content. We recognize this as expertise.
He goes on to say,that this seemingly effortless ability to “see through things”, and that depending on the context and complexity is seen as competence and in rare cases wisdom. He states, ” that this ability does not come by itself as an epiphany of maturity, or as an entitlement to old age, but is the condensation of mental activities across years and decades of life”.
The scope and quality of ones mental lifetime, shapes the quality of its final stages. The importance of working the Mind especially once we reach our sixties can’t be over stated. To just turn off and enter a period of repeated “groundhog days”,watching TV and going to Dr. appointments, is doing a disservice to yourself and world.
Wisdom Begins in Wonder
The quote above by Socrates is more true today than ever. Regardless of age one must continue to test ones mind, and strive for new mental challenges. You’ve spent a lifetime building a social network. Sometimes by accident of birth and place of residence and sometimes on purpose making friends and business contacts. So many people today go to their deaths never utilizing the network they spent a lifetime building. So many people, sit around worrying that their going to outlive their money, and all the bad things that are going to befall them. Without ever realizing that they have a large untapped social network, that could be monetized, if only they could tap into it some way.
A Thinkers High
Many of us have heard of a “runners high”, well if you strive for new mental challenges, opportunities, or goals no matter your age you could experience a ” thinkers high”. A flash of cognitive expertise when you go Aha! “this is just like that”.
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And as always, thanks for visiting, Dave