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Taiwanese workers’ brains 30 years older than age: poll

By Yang Chiu-ying  /  Staff reporter

A poll titled “2012 Taiwan Salaried Workers’ Brain Fitness Investigation” found that while the average age of workers in Taiwan was 33.6 years, their brains were hypothetically 29.6 years older than their actual age, an extra seven years since the last poll in 2010.

Brain fitness, a hypothetical concept over which the scientific community remains divided, pertains to the maintenance and improvement of the brain’s cognitive ability through “exercising.”

The poll was conducted in cooperation with the US brain fitness training research Web site My Brain Trainer using the results of 1,068 participants who had to fill in signs of their conscious awareness of brain aging as well as answering questions designed to gauge brain fitness.

The participants’ test results were cross-referenced with data from the participants’ age group, taken from a databank of more than 100,000 on the Web site, and giving them their brain fitness “age,” the company said.

The poll showed the average physical age of the participants was 33.6 years, but the results of the test showed that the average brain “age” of participants was 60.5 years.

The poll also found that the brain “age” was directly correlated with salaries, showing that among salaried workers earning between NT$20,000 and NT$70,000, monthly salary increased by NT$10,000 for every two years younger in their “brain age.”

The poll also showed that top symptoms alerting people to regression of brain fitness was difficulty remembering things (65 percent), difficulty maintaining concentration (33 percent) and difficulty maintaining a clear train of thought (32 percent).

From statistics on brain usage, more than 75 percent of salaried workers across Taiwan feel they rate in the category of high brain-usage, with 82 percent of male respondents and 70 percent of female respondents.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents worry about regressing brain fitness: 71 percent of female respondents, and 63 percent of male respondents.

Nutrition professor Hsu Tzu-fang (許慈芳) said that 97 percent of the population exhibit signs of regressing brain fitness because of everyday living habits, adding that adequate sleep, exercise and release of stress, as well as adequate consumption of vitamins A, B, C and E were important.

Hsu said that nuts, vegetables and deep-sea fish, or protein products, were also helpful in slowing down the brain’s aging.

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer

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