By Raven Saunt For Mailonline
Published: 11:32 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 11:32 GMT, 1 March 2020
People reach their happiest aged 82 and parts of the brain even improve as we get older, according to a top neuroscientist.
Daniel Levitin carried out the study to bust myths about ageing including loss of memory and difficulties in learning new skills.
He found that life 'only gets better' in terms of general mental contentment and problem solving continues to progress well into old age, as part of his research for his new book The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist's Guide To Ageing Well.
People reach their happiest aged 82 and parts of the brain even improve as we get older, according to a top neuroscientist (stock image)
Speaking on Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday, Mr Levitin said: 'Neuroscience has found in the last ten years... [that] your memory won't necessarily get impaired as you age.
'Another big myth is that older adults are depressed.
'But the average peak age of happiness across 72 countries is aged 82 and I think we can push that out another ten years if we can combat ageism as well as with medical technology.
'We tend to think of ageing as this process starting at birth and if you're lucky you get to keep doing it.
'Ageing is everyone's favourite alternative to death.
'The story is you keep acquiring skills and getting better and better up until a point, then you start losing stuff like crumbling bits off the Rock of Gibraltar.
'But in fact we now have strong evidence in the last ten years that a number of brain faculties actually get better, right on up till the end.'