This article first appeared in Liaison, our member newsletter.
Healthy older adults can generate just as many new brain cells as young teenagers. That’s the finding of a new study by researchers from Columbia University.
The study, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, analyzed the brains of healthy individuals aged 14 to 79. The researchers found older adults have a similar ability as younger people to make thousands of new neurons.
The researchers noted that older individuals form fewer new blood vessels within the brain. This finding may mean less ability for new neurons to make connections.
More research is needed, but this study is encouraging news about the prospects for life-long brain health.
Brain health is part of healthy aging, which is a priority for us at RTOERO as we work together with our members to create better lives for Canada’s education retirees.
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