But now I'm a man, way past 21
Want you to believe me baby,
I have lots of fun.
-- Muddy Waters
Elements of FunComplex/Easy. Too easy => Give up. Too hard => Give up.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state "Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older."
Lots of old people play bridge, AARP says 25 million Americans play the game, which they say can also be useful in fighting age-related cognitive decline.
Older people have:
No. Nootropics - the class of medications sometimes called “smart drugs” - may well help people with cognitive decline associated with aging (whether from dementria or not). And they may help healthy people do better on some tests of intelligence and memory. But nobody seriously thinks they reverse aging. Even promoters of these drugs admit the effects wear off over time.
No drug has been shown to reverse the effects of aging, either in the brain or elsewhere in the body. Now some medicines can do great things. They can cure or slow down disease.
These drugs have been floated as possible anti-aging medications.
“You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
- attributed to George Bernard Shaw