Summary of The Mature Mind

The Positive Power of the Aging Brain

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First Edition: 2005 more...

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The Mature Mind book summary
Your brain improves with age: Think more clearly in your 80’s than you did in your 20’s.


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Creativity exists only for the young. If by the age of 30 you have not written a novel, composed a symphony or invented something, you never will. Gene Cohen, an expert on aging, has one word for this notion: nonsense. The thinking and intellectual skills of the elderly can stay remarkably sharp into the most advanced old age. Numerous scientific studies indicate that the brains of the elderly, if not affected by illness or accident, work better in many ways than those of people in their 20s and 30s. Cohen explores these and related topics in his fascinating, fact-filled book about old people and their superbly functioning brains. getAbstract suggests that this groundbreaking work has much to offer readers of all ages.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the brains of the elderly often can function more efficiently, and with better results, than the brains of younger people;
  • How continual mental activity throughout life stimulates the growth of neurons; and
  • Why enhanced creativity is often a notable characteristic of the aging process.


Older Minds
An elderly couple was late for a dinner engagement, but a howling snowstorm meant no cabs were available to take them to their destination. After pondering the situation, the old man and his wife walked to a nearby pizza shop. Once inside, the old man said that he wanted to...
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About the Author

Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. is an expert on aging, who heads George Washington University’s Center on Aging, Health and Humanities. Previously, he was director of the National Institute on Aging.

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