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Brains Compensate for Cognitive Decline

As we age, our brains may compensate for cognitive decline by recruiting other areas, particularly in older individuals, according to a study published in eLife. Brain imaging of 223 adults between 19 and 87 years old revealed increased activity in the cuneus, a brain region associated with visual focus, among older participants, correlating with better task performance. This compensation mechanism suggests strategies employed by older adults to overcome challenges in visual memory and raises questions about interventions to support cognitive health in aging populations.

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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.