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"Even to your old age... I am He who will sustain you "   
 |  March 2, 2015 |  READ: Isa 46:4 NIV

AGING WELL

               
Doctor Marian Diamond, a researcher in aging, found that deliberately induced challenges are required to keep our brains healthy and functioning. In one experiment a group of lab rats was given food, while another group had obstacles placed in front of their dishes.  The rats that had to overcome challenges learned to solve problems more proficiently than the comfortable rats. The fewer problems a rat experienced the faster its brian went downhill. They also discovered that if you put twelve rats together in a cage and gave them challenges, their brains developed better than when they had to face the same obstacles in isolation. And when researchers ran the same experiment with rats that were 600 days or older ( the equivalent of 60 human years), the results were the same. The rats actually lived to be 800 days old. Then researchers decided to show them love. The rodents had the same challenges as before, but afterwards researchers would pick them up, hold them against their lab coats, pet them, and speak kindly. They'd say, "You're one sweet rat," or whatever it is you say to a rat! And when they did, those critters did more than break the 800-day barrier. At 904 days, not only were they alive-they were continuing to develop. The fact is, they developed more mental resilience under challenging conditions because they were part of a community, whereas isolation cause their brian power to diminish. Bottom line: To age well you need a God-given challenge, love, and good relationships.