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Forgetting things seems to be a part of getting older
which everyone accepts. But could the confidence of
the young be covering up their own memory slips?
Older people were more consistent in memory tests,
research from Germany shows---although younger
people did achieve overall higher test scores. The assess-
ments were carried out in Berlin on 100 older peo-
ple---aged between 65 and 80---and 100 people in their
20s. They had to show up at the Max Planck Institute
for Human Development in Berlin for 100 days of tests.
"We were very nice to them and had a good atmos-
phere at the labs," Professor Florian Schmiedek told
the Health Check programme. "People got to know
each other, it was kind of a social activity for them.
And we also paid them for those 100 days." The brain
remembers things by forming connections between its
100 billion neurons or brain cells.
Memories are formed when these connections ---or
synapses---are strengthened. Information from the
senses is sent to the brain s cortex, and then on to parts
surrounding an area called the hippocampus.
These "bind" the memory together, before it is sent
to the hippocampus itself, where information about
context or location is added.
"Working" memory---crucial for solving problems
and making plans---is like a blackboard of the mind,
located in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.
It is used to remember phone numbers long enough
to make a call---but then it is usually forgotten unless
it is passed on to the long-term memory for storage.
The tasks were designed to test different types of
memory. In one, the participants had to remember a
list of words. Another had a list of numbers to memorise
while simultaneously carrying out simple arithmetic
on those numbers---to challenge their "working" mem-
ory. The overall scores for older people were lower than
the 20-somethings. It has long been known that cog-
nitive performance drops as we age, with some loss
of cells in the brain. But Dr Carol Holland, director of
the Research Centre for Healthy Ageing at the University
of Aston in Birmingham, says we forget a lot less than
we think we do.
"Long-term memory doesn t change in normal old
age, we are just as good at remembering poetry learned
as a child. Learning new things---that s where differences
start to show. But there is lots of variability---one 80-
year-old might learn just as quickly as a 19-year-old.
Another 80-year-old might have real problems." Dr
Holland said the findings were encouraging in countering
the stereotypes about older people being forgetful---
and a reminder that ageing might not be at the root
of the problem.
"An older person might attribute losing their keys
to just having celebrated their 70th birthday---when
really they might have always had problems with for-
getting where they ve put things."
Prof Schmiedek says the size of the study helped
him to show that good and bad days exist. "But that
the variability is not as large as one might expect. It s
more of a moment-to-moment fluctuation in per-
formance that often creates the impression that we
have good and bad days."
Prof Schmiedek whose research was published in
the journal Psychological Science, was surprised by the
difference between the two groups.
"If we compare younger and older adults, the inter-
esting finding was that across the nine tasks, older
people fluctuated less day to day."
As well as testing their memory, the team also gave
participants questionnaires to assess their mood. Older
adults appeared to be more motivated to do well in the
tasks and worried less about life and its stresses. So
does this make them more desirable employees? Prof
Schmiedek thinks so---at least for certain types of jobs.
"With jobs that require maximum performance---
brokers at a stock market or bartenders at a disco---
where you have to do your job under time pressure,
and multi-task with lots of distractions, then younger
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adults would be at an advantage.
"But if you look at more routine jobs, like manufac-
turing, then older adults more reliable performance
could put them at an advantage there." Dr Holland also
studies differences between older and younger drivers.
"Younger people assume they have fast reaction
times, especially younger men. But they have an over-
confidence issue. "Older adults tend to be more cautious
and careful, especially as the cost of them forgetting
is more if they have some mobility impairment.
"Older people tend to adopt strategies which help
them cope with any lapses in memory.
"A grandmother who has a poor memory never
forgets her grand-daughter s birthday because she uses
a calendar or notebook as a reminder."
This week has also seen a move in the UK to
increase the eligible age of jurors to 75---acknowl-
edging the special experience and wisdom
which older people have that may not be
exploited at the moment.
Prof Schmiedek, now at the Ger-
man Institute for Educational
Research in Frankfurt, is about to
look at the brainpower of those
at the other end of the spec-
trum---school children who
use smart phones.
Memory weakens but steadies with age, study finds
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