The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

SE­NIOR cit­i­zens ac­cused of be­ing grumpy and less pa­tient with oth­ers may be able to blame changes in their brain.

Older men and women who strug­gle to un­der­stand oth­ers, and show ir­ri­ta­tion as a re­sult, are thought to be suf­fer­ing from the same loss of brain func­tion which causes mem­ory prob­lems.

A study of 60 peo­ple aged 17 to 95 found older peo­ple were worse at iden­ti­fy­ing oth­ers’ emo­tions and in­ten­tions and many failed mem­ory tests, sug­gest­ing they had a de­clin­ing ‘‘cog­ni­tive func­tion’’ re­lat­ing to both em­pa­thy and mem­ory.

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