We all have that one older relative or friend who seems to defy the laws of physics with regards to aging. They are sharp as a tack well into their later years, and show no signs or symptoms of the common cognitive declines that nearly all of us deal with as we get older. For some of us, we may cherish the memory of a beloved grandparent, great aunt or uncle who, up until their very last days, was bright-eyed, focused and possessing the brain power and memory of someone half their age.
Scientists have taken notice of these “SuperAgers,” who resist changes in memory as they age. Scientists say insight into these SuperAger brains could help their “cognitive opposites,” or those countless individuals who suffer from memory problems, dementia, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.