Well, this tidbit made me feel a bit better about having a birthday yesterday.
What Effect Reading Has on Our Minds - MSN Encarta: "How reading protects your mind
When you pit senior citizens against college students in general knowledge and vocabulary, the oldsters win out.
But college students beat their elders when it comes to memory and tasks that involve logic and deductive reasoning*. Except, that is, when controlled for the amount of reading those people do. There, the results pointed toward the notion that reading a lot can compensate for the wear and tear time can put on a mind. "