An MRI brain scan

Many people complain of a failing memory as they age. Is a decrease in recall the natural fate of an aging brain? Or is the new age of information overload also to blame? We talk with brain specialists about aging, what causes our memories to fail and how to keep the brain fit.

Memory and the Aging Brain 14 August,2012forum

Dr. Joel Kramer, professor of neuropsychology at UCSF Medical Center and director of neuropsychology at UCSF's memory and aging center
Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas, and distinguished university chair in behavioral and brain sciences
Dr. Adam Gazzaley, director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UCSF

  • Jester

    OMG, I was so busy watching YouTube videos and reading Wikipedia, I almost forgot to tune in! LOL.

  • FayNissenbaum

    Isn’t multi-tasking – that vaunted buzzphrase used so imprecisely – completely debunked now? We do not accomplish two things simultaneously – we switch from one task to the other, often taking more time than if we focused on one task to completion, then tackled the other.
    Please comment.

  • lilmittens

    I wonder what effect brain games (such as the n-back task) have on preventing memory decline in older individuals.  And do these same brain games have a positive effect on younger individuals?

  • Anthonyrum

    Access to information is now at our finger tips 24/7. It is no longer necessary to memorize birthdays, phone numbers or financial information because this info is now easily found online. How does our brain prioritize information and is it being affected by our current cultural condition?

    • Fred

       Ten years ago I decided to memorize some long poems as a test of memory. I still remember those poems, no doubt because I place I higher priority on those.

  • $22911251

    Medical Marijuana: some neurologists recommend MM for pain and muscle spasm in Parkinson Disease, can anyone speak to the conflict which arises from the negative impact on cognition and the supposed benefits from MM.

  • Fred

    I find that coffee and strong tea cause me to experience a brain fog. When I forgo these things I achieve a clarity that is not as entertaining as being peppy from caffeine, but it’s far more practical.

  • Jennifer

    I have experienced long-term memory loss, including forgetting my favorite singers.  Is it possible for scientists to predict, based on the specific memories lost, the likelihood of further memory loss and/or the types of memories that may be affected?

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