Read this quote about how Merzenich thinks about his brain's decline.
"I want to put my brain to the best possible use as long as it is possible."
"Science tells us that a key to sustaining and growing our neurological abilities is seriousness of purpose. I am old enough to have retired, but shall not withdraw to a life of comfort and ease because I know that the brain slowly dies when nothing that it does matters to it. ... understand that what sustains your brain sustains you. You need to continue to work at things that support your brain's health now, and continue to work in ways that support it out to the end of your time on Earth."
- Dr. Michael Merzenich
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