It wasn’t too long ago that scientists believed our brains stopped developing after the first years of life. After we hit a certain age, they thought our brain was as good as it was going to get, our mental abilities were set, and after that the only thing we had to look forward to was decline. The field of neuroscience has put an end to the long-held notion.

As renowned psychotherapist Dr. Andrea Brandt explains, through new research and scientific studies, we now know that our brains remain “plastic” — able to change and make new connections — throughout life. “We are capable of changing and developing until the day we die, and there are proven methods of improving our brains,” says Dr. Brandt

With over 35 years of clinical experience, Dr. Brandt has helped thousands of clients work toward achieving their version of a better life, dedicating much of her work to the development of methods for overcoming the stigma of aging in this country and to growing older with purpose. In her latest book set for release tomorrowMindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joy, she outlines a specific process for embracing the aging process, specifically dedicating an entire chapter to brain fitness.