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They are called "Super-Agers" but I call them "Super Seniors'.
"Super-Agers" are 80 and above who are in good shape mentally and physically. I know many people who fall into that category who can't relate to peers stuck in the past, discussing their health issues and dramas. Like myself they lead productive lives and many still work. Generally there is no substance abuse, mental illness, or excessive stress. It's all about DNA programming, quality of life, and the brain.
A SuperAger is someone in their 80s or older who exhibits cognitive function that is comparable to that of an average middle-aged individual. Additionally, this group has been shown to exhibit less brain volume loss. Aging causes changes to the brain size, vasculature, and cognition. The brain shrinks creating changes at all levels from molecules to morphology. SuperAgers have the mental faculties of people decades younger. ~ Google
SuperAgers have distinctly different looking brains than those of normal older people, according to new Northwestern Medicine research that is beginning to reveal why the memories of these cognitively elite elders don't suffer the usual ravages of time. SuperAgers have memories that are as sharp as those of healthy persons decades younger. Cognitive SuperAgers were first identified in 2007 by scientists at Northwestern's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Their unusual brain signature has three common components when compared with normal persons of similar ages: a thicker region of the cortex; significantly fewer tangles (a primary marker of Alzheimer's disease) and a whopping supply of a specific neuron linked to higher social intelligence. Read more from NBC News
Finding role models who are older than we are gets more difficult as we age. But in the last few years, medical science has identified a new group we can aspire to join - the super-agers. The term refers to people in their 70s and 80s who have the mental or physical capability of their decades-younger counterparts. Read more from Harvard Health
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