The mental powers of super-agers

Can you keep your brain healthy and young as you age? A special group of older adults called super-agers suggest it's possible.

It's common to experience some cognitive decline as you age, but that's not the case for a special group of older adults ages 60 to 80, called "super-agers."

"The general thinking has been that our memory gets less crisp and other brain functions slow as we age, but studies on super-agers suggest this is not inevitable and there may be ways to maintain brain power for much longer in life," says Dr. Bradford Dickerson, associate professor of neurology at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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