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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHi, Sabina Brennan here again. In this video, we're going to look at whether it's ever too late to follow your childhood dreams. Few of us look forward to our old age, despite the fact that we're increasingly likely to reach it. By 2050, one in four Europeans will be over 65, and 10% will be over 80. Soon there will be more pensioners around than preschoolers. And, although we may have to deal with losing our hair and our youthful good looks, that doesn't mean we can't achieve amazing things. Michelangelo changed the world of art with his paintings and sculptures. Some of his greatest works came after he turned 70.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsItalian neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini won the Nobel Prize for medicine but didn't stop there. She worked away in her lab until after she turned 100 helping to further our understanding about dementia. In New York City, 93-year-old yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch still wins ballroom dance competitions with her 23-year-old partner. Plus, there is growing evidence to suggest that society as a whole benefits from having citizens with a bit of experience. The over-65s seem to be older and wiser. In a recent study, researchers asked people of different ages for their advice about various conflicts. The results showed that older people more easily understood the different sides to the argument, were better at predicting what might happen next, and more willing to seek a compromise.

Skip to 1 minute and 41 secondsSeems like an older Europe might be a more peaceful one. Chances are you will live a long, long life, so you'll get to make society a better place, too, and still have plenty of time to achieve those childhood dreams. For ideas on how you can enter old age with panache, go to our website at hellobrain.eu.

Is it too late to follow my dreams?

Of course not!

Dr Sabina Brennan’s video features just a few examples of the amazing achievements that people have made in later stages of their lives.

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  • What achievements have you made – or do you hope to make – in the later stages of your life?

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