Is brain aging ineluctable? Maybe not. Researchers have recently identified “SuperAgers,” whose brains at 80+ appear as young as the brains of middle-aged people.
In the study, researchers defined SuperAgers as people over 80 whose memory performance was at least as good as 50- to 65-year-old’s performance.
36 participants of similar education were involved in the study: twelve 80+ SuperAgers, 10 “normally aging” people of the same age and 14 middle-aged.
Using MRI scans it was found that the SuperAgers’ cortex looked very much like the cortex of participants ages 50 to 65. This shows that grey matter loss, although a common part of normal aging, may not be in store for everyone of us.
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