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Discovering The Secrets Of The Super Agers

Discovering The Secrets Of The Super Agers

By Susan Williams

Everyone wants to live a long life – but chances are the majority of us would say as much as we want a long life, the quality of our life is also extremely important.

So what actually constitutes both quantity and quality of life?

Super agers may have some of the answers.

Havard Medical School defines super agers as;

“…people in their 70s and 80s who have the mental or physical capability of their decades-younger counterparts.”

They further went on to classify these super agers as both cognitive super agers and physical super agers.

Cognitive Super Agers

The cognitive super agers seem to have less brain cell loss then others the same age. The reason it seems to be is that they seem to approach life with a sense of curiosity and challenge. They are willing to put up with a certain level of discomfort as they aquire a new skill such as learning a new language or how to play a musical instrument. They also seem to approach and see problems as a challenge to be overcome rather than giving up.

Physical Super Agers

Physical super agers have physical test scores that rival those much younger. The researchers shared;

“Some studies have indicated that people in their 80s who exercised at high intensity for 20 to 45 minutes a day have an aerobic capacity of people 30 years younger,”

So obviously, staying active – and actually being more than just a comfortable active but high intensity active seems to be contributing to positive impacts as you age.

In the following video, Dr. Gary Small from the UCLA Longevity Center shares details of the study they are doing on super agers. They are looking to understand what super agers eat, how they manage their health and stress plus a number of other areas.

With over half of people 85 years and older getting dementia, it’s important to understand what can help us to stay both mentally and physically healthy as we age.

And these super agers just may be giving us the answers we need.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.
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