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Researchers Try to Unlock the Secrets of Super Agers Researchers Try to Unlock the Secrets of Super Agers

Researchers Try to Unlock the Secrets of Super Agers

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The average lifespan is now 78.8 years, according to the CDC, but some people live an active life well beyond that age. This group of active seniors has earned the name “Super Agers” not for their long lives, but because they remain sharp-minded well into their golden years.

A new study attempts to learn more about these Super Agers to potentially help others live longer, more active lives. Researchers scanned the brains of Super Agers and noted some key differences compared to their peers. Most notably, their brains aged twice as slowly as elderly people who don’t fit the “Super Ager” category.

This isn’t the first study into the brains of those who are young at heart. The team referenced earlier research that found Super Agers’ cortexes look similar to those in their 50s and 60s. Their peers, meanwhile, show much more wear in their brains as they age. But previous studies haven’t gone far in determining why the brains of this particular group of people age at a slower rate than others.

To get a better answer, the team tracked the aging process over the period of a year in Super Agers and their peers. They found that in that time, Super Agers lost brain volume at a rate of 1.1 percent, compared to 2.2 percent in non-Super Agers. This means it’s possible that Super Agers simply are losing brain volume at a slower rate than others their age.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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