The Washington Times - March 16, 2009, 06:59AM

New research shows that many of the well-known effects of aging — such as forgetfulness and loss of concentration — begin around the age of 27, the Daily Mail is reporting.

Researchers at the University of Virginia studied 2,000 men and women aged 18 to 60 over seven years.  They found that people’s mental abilities reach their peak at the age of 22.


The research is reported in the academic journal Neurobiology of Aging.

Ha!  That ought to teach those whippersnappers a thing or two.  Who’s old now?  You are!

I guess this means that “middle age” is around 14 years old — and that long, slow decline into old age just got a LOT longer.

Some good news in the research shows that abilities based on accumulated knowledge — such as vocabulary and general information — increase with age up to 60 years old.  This means that older people know more than younger people — which is what older people have been saying for centuries.