The Super-Ager: Aspire to be One


Some people do not appear to experience a noticeable cognitive decline when they get old. The brain gurus at the Dana Foundation write on their website: "Certain cognitive abilities show at least a small decline with advanced age in many, but not all, healthy individuals."

Gerontologists have started using the term "super ager" to describe these smarty-pants seniors. The National Institutes of Health even uses that term on its webpage: old people who "perform demonstrably better on memory tests". How can you be one of these super agers? Like much having to do with the brain it comes down to three factors:

  • Genetics
  • Luck (including presence of disease or injury)
  • How you have lived your life (e.g. exercise, diet, smoking, recreational drugs)

Super-agers don’t have dementia, they don’t have MCI, and they don’t even have "normal" loss of cognitive function.+

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