Advancing age means losing your hair, your waistline and your memory, right? Dana Denis is just 20 years old, but 1 she’s worried about what she calls “my rolling mental blackouts”. “I try to remember something and I just blank out, ”she says.
     You may 2 about these lapses, calling them “senior moments” or blaming “early Alzheimer’s  (老年痴呆症).” Is it an inescapable fact that the older you get, the 3 you remember? Well, sort of.But as time goes by, we tend to blame age 4 problems that are not necessarily age-related.
     “When a teenager can’t find her keys, she thinks it’s because she’s distracted or disorganized, ”says  Paul  Gold.  “A 70-year-old blames her 5 .” In fact, the 70-year-old may have been 6 things for decades.
     In healthy people, memory doesn’t worsen as 7 as many of us think.“As we 8 , the memory mechanism isn’t 9 , ”says psychologist Fergus Craik. “It’s just inefficient.”
     The brain’s processing 10 slows down over the years, though no one knows exactly 11 recent research suggests that nerve cells lose efficiency and 12 there’s less activity in the brain. But, cautions Barry Gordon, “It’s not clear that less activity is 13 . A beginning athlete is winded (气喘吁吁) more easily than a 14 athlete. In the same way, 15 the brain gets more skilled at a task, it expends less energy on it.”
     There are 16 you can take to compensate for normal slippage in your memory gears, though it 17 effort. Margaret Sewell says:“We’re a quick-fix culture, but you have to 18 to keep your brain 19 shape. It’s like having a good body. You can’t go to the gym once a year 20 expect to stay in top form.”

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The brain’s processing 10 slows down over the years,

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though no one knows exactly 11 recent research suggests that nerve cells lose efficiency and 12 there’s less activity in the brain.

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though no one knows exactly 11 recent research suggests that nerve cells lose efficiency and 12 there’s less activity in the brain.

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“It’s not clear that less activity is  13  .

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A beginning athlete is winded (气喘吁吁) more easily than a   14    athlete.

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In the same way,   15    the brain gets more skilled at a task, it expends less energy on it.”

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There are  16  you can take to compensate for normal slippage in your memory gears,

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though it   17   effort.

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We’re a quick-fix culture,but you have to  18   to keep your brain   19   shape.It’s like having a good body.

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We’re a quick-fix culture,but you have to  18   to keep your brain   19   shape.It’s like having a good body.

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You can’t go to the gym once a year   20   expect to stay in top form.”

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