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Joe Biden at Age 78

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Today, even while wishing President-elect Biden a happy birthday, some wonder: At age 78, does he have and will he sustain for four years the energy, mental acuity, and drive to excel in his new role? Or, as he approaches 80, will he embody his opponent's caricature of "Sleepy Joe"as someone not to be trusted with the cognitive demands of national and world leadership?

Mr. President-elect, I empathize. I, too, turned 78 this fall. So on behalf of you and all of us late-70s folks, let me shine the light of psychological science on our capacities.

First, people should understand that the more we age, the less age predicts our abilities. Knowing that James is 8 and Jamal is 18 tells us much about their differences. Not so with two adults who similarly differ by a decade. Many a 78-year-old can outrun and outthink a 68-year-old neighbor.

It's true that we late-70s folks have some diminishing abilities. Like you, Mr. President-elect, I can still jogbut not as fast or far. The stairs we once bounded up have gotten steeper, the newsprint smaller, others' voices fainter. And in the molasses of our brain, memories bubble more slowly to the surface: We more often experience brain freezes as we try to retrieve someone's name or the next point we were about to make.

Yet with a lifetime's accumulation of antibodies, we also suffer fewer common colds and flus than do our grandchildren. Physical exercise, which you and I regularly do, not only sustains our muscles, bones, and hearts; it also stimulates neurogenesis, the birth of new brain cells and neural connections. The result, when compared with sedentary folks like your predecessor, is better memory, sharper judgment, and minimized cognitive decline.

Moreover, we either retain or grow three important strengths:

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Sure looks like Biden has a body double to me.


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Biden's dementia is also a function of being 78 and having a history of aneurysms...The man hardly knows where he is at a given moment. Speaks volumes about the Democratic Party and our political process doesn't it?

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I was among the many who were shocked by the apparent cognitive impairment in some of the things Biden said during his campaign. The "body double" notion is implausible, but something has changed. Medication?

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Your comment speaks volumes about you.

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The important point here is Crystallized intelligence.

The Biden of the last 47 years will be the Biden of the next 4. A corrupt, racist, rapist, fraud.

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Biden was never intended to complete 4 years and in only the vehicle to get Kamala Harris, the one who was rejected so resoundingly she had to drop out of the primary campaign, into office. Harris is another act of the corrupt democrat party under the influence of Hillary Clinton.

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I will agree Biden might not have been expected by the Dems to last 4 years, but I doubt the mainstream Dems really wanted Harris, even if she is far from a true progressive.

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Harris was the initial choice of the DNC as she was getting all the positive propaganda spewed by the MSM gerbils. In the first debate, she attacked Biden on the busing issue (an attack that was premeditated as exposed by having those "little girl" shirts printed up in advance). Had Tulsi Gabbard not exposed her corruption in the 2nd debate she may well have dethroned Biden, but then she went on to expose herself as not being bright enough to respond "off-script" as her view of issues wavered depending upon the group she was addressing. Make no mistake, this mentally ill individual is a dangerous person to this nation and the world.

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I noticed many years ago that if people get old enough, their minds get brittle (my internal term; crystallized is a good synonym), and they have difficulty thinking outside the box their thinking has been inside of for the several decades. People who have not been limited by a limited box might do so for a long time.

If one wants to teach one's dog new tricks when the dog gets old, it helps a lot to keep teaching new tricks throughout its life. Learning is a skill, and skills not practiced atrophy.

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I can has cheeseburgers.

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Now that Trump is gone cynical, negative old men will have to

vent their anger on Biden.

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