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The mental powers of super-agers

September 1, 2022

Can you keep your brain young as you age?

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The general thinking is that memory and other brain functions automatically slow with age. But older adults known as "super-agers" have changed that perception. "This group of individuals can maintain optimal brain power much longer in life," says Yuta Katsumi, an instructor in neurology with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "They suggest that age-related brain changes are not always inevitable."

Old brain, young brain

Memory decline is often linked to brain shrinkage. But how much brain size changes with age is highly variable.

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