Recent studies on the connection between art and neuroscience have revealed intriguing results for both the neuroscientist and the artist. By studying this connection, scientists have gained insights into the processes of the brain and artists have discovered tools to improve the quality of their work and the clarity of their creative "voice".
From these insights we see that it is necessary for everyone to spend time learning and studying no matter what our age, as it is this consistent learning process that keeps our minds healthy.
An excerpt from "The Amazing Brain" -
"The brain needs regular exercise if its neurons are to remain sharp. Repetition of newly learned tasks helps to make those new connections stronger. Without stimulation, dendrites recede and the brain settles into simpler patterns of operation. Neurologist Robert Friedland has shown that posing new challenges to the brain can help in the defense against Alzheimer's disease."
From "Arts, Neuroscience, and Learning" by James E. Zull -
"Another thing that changes the brain is practice. We learn the things that we repeat the most. But we repeat the things that we care about. So we enjoy the arts and repeat them over and over. This intensity of effort and focus is healthy for learning. It also changes the brain."