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senior women in swimming pool; super agersGeriatrician John Batsis has noticed a ‘secret sauce’ among his ‘super agers,’ patients who have aged successfully. So what is it? Throughout their lives, these people have all focused on exercise, a proper diet, and socializing.

Batsis’ insights dovetail with findings from Northwestern’s Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Northwestern researchers, super agers have a greater number of close relationships. This appears to help them retain more brain mass, for longer. On top of that, NIA Scientists have shown that advanced education and mentally challenging jobs are are good for brains’ longevity.

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