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Brain quiz: How well do you know your brain?

Think you know what keeps you sharp in later life? 

Professor Alan Gow from Heriot-Watt University, who's one of the researchers working with Age UK, asked more than 3,000 people across the UK the following questions. How do your answers compare? Let's find out...

1. Which thinking skill is the first to start to decline with age?

2. What is the earliest age that some thinking skills start to decline?

3. Which thinking skills tend not to decline very much as we age?

4. How likely are changes in your thinking skills a sign of something serious, like dementia?

5. How responsible are our genes for changes in our thinking skills?

6. Are there things you can do to maintain or improve your thinking skills as you get older?

7. Do you know how to keep your brain healthy?

8. What's the most important thing you can do to maintain or improve your thinking skills as your grow older?

How did you do?


Good try! If you'd like to brush up on what could help keep your thinking skills intact as you age, we've got plenty of information to help.


You're well on your way to understanding how to keep your thinking skills as sharp as possible! How about learning more about how your brain works?

Full marks!

Wow! You're a brain boffin. You know exactly how thinking skills might change as you get older. So how about putting that knowledge into practice?

Find out more

Interested in learning more about our attitudes to thinking skills and ageing? Download the full report, What Keeps You Sharp, from Heriot-Watt University's website.

Photo credit: Douglas Robertson

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