Creativity and the Aging Brain

As many of you know, I’ve dabbled in every conduit for self-expression imaginable. I’ve always felt a great joy at the prospect of learning something new and, better yet, excelling at it. Hell, even the thought of failing gives me a mental erection… but that’s a post for another time.

Research shows that diversifying interests, trying new things, challenging the brain… these behaviours forge new neurological pathways; thus keeping the brain ‘young’.

The attached article demonstrates exactly this. I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did.

Yours in fitness,

-C. Springer

The Artist's Road

“Don’t imagine you’ll have it forever. Use it while you’ve got it because it’ll go; it’s sliding away like water down a plug hole.”

So said Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing of creativity. The author of The Golden Notebook, who passed away recently at the age of 94, said this five years ago when describing a creative slump. But as Tara Bahrampour notes in The Washington Post, in many ways creative thinking can stay with you well into your final years, and perhaps even be stronger and more dynamic.

I put forward as Exhibit One the estimable Dr. Francine Toder, author of The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) after Sixty. In her guest post for The Artist’s Road in May, she profiles creatives who started a new creative passion later in life. Francine herself took up the cello at age 70.

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