Readers who have trouble sleeping well, and whose brains seem to be losing a bit of edge — or maybe a lot of edge — may benefit from a pair of PBS shows airing this weekend. Most of us of a certain age suffer from at least one of these conditions, and probably both. Here’s the start of my bloomberg review:
(Bloomberg) — Did you sleep well last night — or can’t you remember? A pair of PBS shows offers hope for those suffering from restless nights and/or dimming brains.
Contrary to popular belief, dull thinking is not a preordained part of old age, according to “The Brain Fitness Program,'’ which airs Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. New York time. However, you do have to work hard to keep your gray matter from taking on the consistency of that oatmeal you’ve been eating for a healthy heart.
Host Peter Coyote says the brain has a wonderful ability to stay sharp and even “rewire'’ itself after suffering catastrophic damage, including strokes.
A panel of experts, including Dr. Michael Merzenich from the University of California, San Francisco, promises that unlike the proverbial old dog, the brain can learn new tricks right up until the very end.
Yet staying sharp requires serious and persistent effort.