Where is my purse? Where are my car keys? Did I leave the oven on? Many baby boomers ask these questions. Isn’t it logical to think our brains get all soft and gooey as we become middle-aged? Think again. Yes, short-term memory can be an issue (heck, even at a young age I was losing my car keys), but a new book may give hope to men and women who are beginning to see a grey hair or two.

In a piece in the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope  interviews Barbara Strauch. Strauch has written “The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind.”

According to Strauch, while short-term memory can be a problem for the boomer, the mind shines in middle age when it comes to inductive reasoning and problem solving.

In the interview, Strauch gives some more reasons for boomers to smile.  We keep our brain cells as we age, which is contrary to what we once thought.  Also, what’s good for the heart is good for the brain. For instance, exercise benefits the brain.

If you’re a boomer, so what if you spend 30 minutes to an hour each day trying to find your reading glasses. Get comfortable in the knowledge that your ability to reason and solve problems is actually peaking!