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Cognitive Abilities That Improve with Age

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Do you think that cognitive decline has to accompany aging? That older brains need help when time to make a decision comes? You may need to think again. This Huffington Post article reports that some of the abilities related to decision making (e.g., strategic learning and consistency) do not decline between 50 and 70 and others may even increase(e.g., being conscientious and vigilant when making a decision).

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Exercise to Slow Down Aging

By Dr. Christopher Thomas

Most adults do not get enough physical exercise. Sedentary adults see their risks of disease increase as much as smokers do. Regular exercise is key to a better health and quality of life: It can indeed increase life span by 3 to 5 years. Importantly, the benefits one may get from a healthy diet and good stress management may be lost without regular physical activity as well. Here is how exercise helps us live better: Continue reading

Tips to Manage Your Stress Response

By Dr. Christopher Thomas

When something stressful happens to you, whether it comes from the outside or the inside, three key players help you respond: the autonomic nervous system (ANS), inflammatory cytokines and stress hormones. Let’s see how this works and what can be done to overcome the combined effects of stress and aging on health and cognition. Continue reading

Do you Have a Super Brain?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

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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