An interesting study was shared in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine's online newsletter that described a new phenomena called "super-aging."
What was discovered was a group of older adults in their 70's - 80's who have the same memory capabilities of young adults in their 20's - 30's. The research was published in The Journal of Neuroscience, which is where the term "super agers" was used to refer to these adults who retained their mental capacities.
In examining the brains of these "super agers" the scientists found that the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex regions of their brains remained thick. Both of these areas are prone to shrinkage as we age, so this was a significant discovery, especially since these areas were in some cases thicker in comparison to the young adult brains.
So how do we produce SUPER BRAINS??
Now that this discovery has been made, more research is required to figure out the cause of these "super aging" abilities.
But, we already know that exercise, good nutrition, adequate sleep and social activities are great for brain health, so until the studies come out, we would suggest starting there!
To read more on this study here is the link to the article