SYLVIA Shaw, who we write about in the piece above this, is 62. Not really that old but still in the pensioner bracket.

Engineer Geoffrey Bampfield, featured in another report in today’s Examiner, is 88 and still beavering away at inventions.

Both are testament to the idea that age should be no barrier these days.

They are keeping the mind active by constantly thinking ... and thinking in a constructive way about new things.

It’s a lesson we need to take on board as we battle to stem the rise of Alzheimer’s disease, a cruel condition which has a devastating impact on families.

The brain is like a muscle, they say. If you don’t give it regular workouts, its functions will decline.