Watch Meg Jay’s, Why 30 is not the New 20 on ted.com at http://www.ted.com/talks/meg_jay_why_30_is_not_the_new_20
What is your initial response to Dr. Jay’s presentation?
What aspects of her presentation do you agree with and what do you disagree with? Explain your position to both questions.
After listening to Dr. Jay’s position, do you feel any pressure? If so, in what way and why?
What aspects of cognitive functioning can actually increase in middle age? What functions tend to show declines beginning in middle age? What does Barbara Strauch point to as some strengths of the middle age brain? What cognitive functions actually improve in middle age?
When does memory peak? Financial ability? Vocabulary? What component of the brain matter is likely responsible for the speed at which the middle age brain operates?
What are some advantages of the middle age brain?
How do emotions and social interactions, and even personality change in middle age?
We now know more about the cognitive aspects of the middle-age brain than ever before. However, it is also true that much of middle age is coming to terms with significant declines in health. Having the ability to seek and find affordable treatments to both correct and manage these health challenges is of great importance to the middle-ager. What is your view of the current health care crisis and subsequent discussions underway around the country? Do you agree with a government option? Should we give discounted health care benefits to those who take care of their health? (ie. regularly workout, yearly well-visits, keep cholesterol, blood-sugar, and weight at healthy levels). Explain. What do you recommend as a solution to the healthcare challenge? Since many receive health-care benefits through their work place, do you believe fear of losing these benefits will deter aging Americans from retirement? What effect might delayed retirement have on the economy?
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