Myth: You lose your brain cells as you age

Most people don’t experience a significant decline in their mental abilities as they age. There are examples abound of people who have done their best work at a ripe old age – think Michelangelo, artist Grandma Moses, and famous cellist Pablo Casals who at 90 still practiced four or five hours a day. Asked why at his age this was necessary, he responded: “Because I think I am making some progress.”

It’s true there are some differences in learning styles between the age groups. When there’s more in the memory bank, it might take a little longer to retrieve information. But instead of the commonly held belief that we lose brain cells with age, we can, by using our brain well as we get older, actually increase our learning capacity.