How Can Society Assist Successful Aging?

1586 Words May 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Introduction

Brandon Mull in his fantastical novel ‘Fablehaven’ accurately describes ‘the curse of mortality’. “You spend the first portion of your life learning, growing stronger, more capable. And then, through no fault of your own, your body begins to fail. You regress. Strong limbs become feeble, keen senses grow dull, hardy constitutions deteriorate. Beauty withers. Organs quit. You remember yourself in your prime, and wonder where that person went. As your wisdom and experience are peaking, your traitorous body becomes a prison.” This curse of mortality causes great anxiety and grief in many individuals in their later stages of life. With an aging population, and life expectancy higher than it has ever been, a question remains - how can society assist successful aging? This question or quest has been a topic of great interest within the last decade. Brain-training is an approach that has risen out of this interest in helping people age ‘well’. Brain training consists of specific activities and simulations that aim to maintain or improve a specific cognitive function. The following essay will address the question, how can brain training programs assist in successful aging? In particular, this essay will address this question with a specific look at ‘processing speed’. Processing speed can be defined as the Speed of processing refers to the “speed with which many processing operations can be executed” and how quickly an individual can respond to stimuli. Processing…
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