As you get older you may notice some degree of forgetfulness, which is a normal part of aging. However, for a small group of people over the age of 80, their memory seems to be better or the same as individuals who are 20 to 30 years younger than them. This elite group has been coined “SuperAgers.”
Scientists from Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center have identified 12 people over the age of 80 who’ve experienced little decline in their memory. This study, published in the current issue of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, is unique because it looks at people with exceptional memories for their age and how their brains differ from their peers. The study speculates good memories in seniors is tied with a thicker cortex and larger brain volume, but does not show cause and effect. Whether the larger brain volume shields a person’s ability to think from age-related decline or if maintaining memory shelters the brain volume has yet to be determined.
Although this study does not provide answers to how to become a SuperAger, senior study author, Emily Rogalski, suggests genetics and a healthy lifestyle overall are supportive of a good memory. At Parc Communities, we encourage all of our residents to live well through social and physical activities and maintaining a healthy diet. In addition to our personalized fitness and wellness programs, our Parc Learning L.A.B offers cognitive fitness and computer training programs to keep our minds in tip top shape.
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