3pm, Sunday 27th January


As we grow older, many of us experience a decline in our thinking and memory skills. Some individuals experience noticeable declines while others maintain these abilities into old age.  How do they stay sharp?  Dr Alan Gow, head of research at Heriot Watt University’s The Ageing Lab, and author Sue Armstrong, reveal how keeping engaged in intellectual, social or physical activities, becoming more active and learning new things might reduce or delay age-related mental decline.  

In her book Borrowed Time, Sue Armstrong tells the story of society's quest to understand aging, explores where science is taking us next. 

Sue Armstrong is a science writer and broadcaster. She has written for the New Scientist, and worked with the World Health Organization and UNAIDS for many years. She has been involved in several major documentaries for BBC Radio 4 on ageing, drug addiction, alcoholism, obesity, AIDS, CJD, cancer and stress.

Alan Gow is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. His research explores healthy ageing and seeks to identify the lifestyles that might protect the ageing brain so we can enjoy a good quality of later life.

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