Can we really peak as early as high school, though? William Klemm, Ph.D., says it certainly shouldn't be that way.
The senior professor of neuroscience says that our culture is far too youth-obsessed. "We are all going to get old, assuming we don't die first," Klemm says.
"Our friends, relatives, and loved ones are or will get old. As baby boomers retire, older people are coming to dominate the population."
"Modern medicine and the wide pursuit of healthier living styles have enabled many older people to live longer and remain vigorous and productive in their old age. Yet in many Western countries, we shun, neglect, and sometimes abuse the old."