Challenge, complexity, purpose

By Jay Hiller, June 8, 2023

Photo by Eilis Garvey on Unsplash

On episode 263 of the podcast, The Proof with Simon Hill, Drs. Ayesha and Dean Sherzai, speak at length about a number of topics related to brain health. One point stood out to me: we can build our cognitive reserve, the brain’s ability to improvise and find alternative ways to get the job done, by engaging in activities that are challenging, complex and purposeful. When we keep doing the same things over and over in the same way, we miss the chance to strengthen our cognitive reserve. I can’t decide whether this is an argument for or against retirement.

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