The term was coined by neurologist Marsel Mesulam: “Superagers.” We love it! It refers to BA50s whose memory and attention are not just average or above average for their age, but are equal to healthy people half their age.
We loved this article from the New York Times…in short– find something really hard to do (the crossword puzzle isn’t gonna do it)…and go for it. Mental or physical exertion- it doesn’t matter, it’s the pain of doing it that matters. It’s got to be hard for you. Really hard.
Our favorite piece from the article: “The Marine Corps has a motto that embodies this principle: ‘Pain is weakness leaving the body.’ That is, the discomfort of exertion means you’re building muscle and discipline. Superagers are like Marines: They excel at pushing past the temporary unpleasantness of intense effort.”
Read the full article here.