Study Of “Super Agers” Reveals Elderly Memory Loss Not Inevitable

BBC News (UK) (9/14) reports that according to a new study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, memory deterioration “is not an inevitable part of aging” as “a unique group of adults in their 60s and 70s,” so-called “‘super agers,’ performed just as well on memory tests as ‘youngsters’ a third of their age.”

According to brain scans of the elderly group, “several parts of the brain’s memory machinery – including the anterior insula and orbitofrontal cortex and the hippocampus – appeared thicker and healthier than normal for people of their age.”

The study’s authors say the findings “could ultimately help with understanding the processes that lead to dementia and if there are ways to avoid them.”

Related Links:

— “‘Super agers’ offer clue to keeping a sharp memory,” BBC News, September 14, 2016.

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