Here are a few Quotations taken from the book THE MATURE MIND - THE POSITIVE POWER OF THE AGING BRAIN by Gene D. Cohen M.D. PhD. They reflect a stubborn myth that aging is a negative experience and that "successful aging" amounts to nothing more than slowing the inevitable decline of body and mind.
"OVER THE HILL" - "OUT TO PASTURE" - "TWILIGHT YEARS" - "RETIRED"
THESE QUOTES ARE ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH.
SOME OF LIFE'S MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS CAN ONLY BE ACQUIRED WITH AGE
A study, led by Gene D. Cohen, MD, looked at the impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on the physical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults. This was the first controlled study to look at the impact of tapping into creative potential apart from treating problems to promote health with aging. Gene D. Cohen offers scientific proof that the mind actually improves with age, creating tremendous potential for growth and satisfaction in the later years. The Golden Years are being redefined.
The fastest-growing segment of the population - those beyond the age of fifty - are no longer content to simply cope with the losses of age.
The world's population consists of Baby boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. They all have contributed to the growth of the planet and will continue to do so, but the value of a Mentern should not be ignored.
Mental acuity and vitality are becoming a life-long pursuit. Now, the science of the mind is catching up with the Baby Boomer generation.
In his landmark book, The Power of The Mature Mind Dr Gene Cohen challenges the long-held belief that our brain power inevitably declines as we age, and shows that there are actually positive changes taking place in our minds. Based on the latest studies of the brain, as well as moving stories of men and women in the second half of life, his book reveals for the first time how we can continue to grow and flourish.
The author describes his fascination with Einstein and his elegant equation describing the equivalence of energy(e) and matter (m) : e=mc squared (c) stands for the speed of light
He rearranged the formula into a creativity equation c= me squared
In this case, c stands for creativity m stands for a person's mass of knowledge, and e stands for experience.
The equation says that our creativity equals our mass of knowledge multiplied by the effects of our experience, which must be considered in two specific dimensions, inner (psychological and emotional) and outer (accumulated life experience, understanding and perspective). This playful equation suggests that creativity is a function of both knowledge and experience, both of which come with age.
* Gene D. Cohen (1944 -2009) was an American psychiatrist who pioneered research into geriatric mental health. He was the first head of the Center on Aging at the National Institute of Mental Health, the first government-supported center on mental health and aging in the world, and was later the first director of the Center on Aging, Health, and the Humanities at the George Washington University.