Scientists have coined the term SuperAger to describe people ages 80 and up whose minds are as sharp and nimble as those of much younger people. There’s no one magic bullet to becoming a SuperAger (there are many choices that help you stay younger), but going extreme in terms of “use it or lose it” might help. Strenuous physical exercise and mental challenges that go beyond Sudoku, like learning a language, mastering a musical instrument, or doing speed of processing games, seem to strengthen areas of the brain related to SuperAging. A recent study points to an additional avenue that’s not quite as grueling: maintaining close friendships. SuperAgers report having stronger, more satisfying, more positive relationships than people whose brain health is more average. This association isn’t proof that it works, but it echoes other research that shows links between strong relationships, fewer health problems, and longevity. Nurture your friendships the way you’d tend to anything you want to thrive: with steady doses of time, care, and TLC.
Source: Psychological well-being in elderly adults with extraordinary episodic memory.
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