People aged 95 and over show stronger brain connectivity

World-first research led by neuroimaging expert Dr. Jiyang Jiang at UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has found that those aged 95 and over demonstrated more activation between the left and ride side of their brain than their younger counterparts.

Given the prevalence of dementia increases with age, near-centenarians and centenarians without dementia are generally considered as models of successful aging and resistance against .

“We wanted to see if there was something particularly special about the ‘s functional connectivity of those aged 95 and older that helps them preserve brain function into the 11th decade of their life,” says Dr. Jiang.

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Como usar brincadeiras para ensinar habilidades essenciais a crianças, segundo Harvard

Pensar antes de agir, planejar e traçar objetivos, focar a atenção, ser flexível e controlar as emoções são habilidades consideradas essenciais na vida adulta. Em Harvard, o Center on the Developing Child, que estuda desenvolvimento infantil, preparou um guia para ensinar pais, professores e cuidadores a estimular, em crianças de todas as idades, essas que são conhecidas como “habilidades para a vida” (veja o guia completo na segunda parte desta reportagem).

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