IV. Aging well

IV. Aging well


The brain is the only organ which, while active and without illness, never really ages

Is the brain an exceptional organ?

The brain is the only organ in the human body that, while staying active with proper exercise and the absence of illness, can remain relatively young.

Intellectual activity, constant learning, reading and writing alone are sufficient tools for achieving that small miracle even until a very advanced age.

The brain can keep learning until the end

Find out how the brain works.

The brain is responsible for integrating all the information received by the sensory organs and organising a response.

It controls motor and emotional functions, as well as all higher cognitive functions: reasoning, emotional expression, memory, learning, etc.

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How can a person reach 100 years old and do so with a healthy brain?


Compared to many organs that inevitable deteriorate with age, the brain has the ability to constantly remain plastic and continue learning until the end.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing”.

Bernard Shaw.

“Any man could,
if he were so inclined,
be the sculptor of his own brain”.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1906.

An efficient brain

Víktor Korchnói
Even after being confined to a wheelchair after suffering from two strokes, being deaf, having his left leg paralysed, as well as a palliative catheter in place for his severe heart problems, this two-time chess runner-up brilliantly returned to compete at the age of 84. How can such a deteriorated body have such an efficient brain?

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In this video, Mercedes Atienza Ruiz, tenured professor at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, analyses the role of interaction between cardiovascular resistance markers (CRM), systemic inflammation (SI) and cognitive reserve (CR) in successful cognitive ageing.