What ‘super agers’ are teaching us about staying mentally sharp as we age

Try as we might to prevent it, we all age. Over time, we develop laugh lines and crow’s feet, stiffer joints, and it becomes harder to remember names and dates like we used to. While physical changes may be written off as normal wear and tear, scientists aren’t sure why only some people decline mentally over time. Now, though, research from a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) published (paywall) Sept. 13 in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that there’s actually a physical difference in the brains of older adults who have as good memories as young adults. By observing these differences, researchers hope to understand more about preventative measures individuals can take to preserve their cognitive abilities. It’s common for people to experience some kind of memory decrease with…


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