While researchers look to figure out the cause behind dementia, scientists are Northwestern University are turning their attention to those in elderly care who have exemplarity memories.
Researcher Emily Rogalski wanted to delve into what goes right for SuperAgers, a term for seniors who have brains that look and function like the brains of a much younger generation. Rogalski looked at a group of adults 80 and older who had brains that were as sharp as people who were 20 to 30 years younger.
Rogalski said that this research will help further the medical field in understanding positive ways to look at the brain.
"By looking at a really healthy older brain, we can start to deduce how SuperAgers are able to maintain their good memory," Rogalski said. "Many scientists study what's wrong with the brain, but maybe we can ultimately help Alzheimer's patients by figuring out what goes right in the brain of SuperAgers. What we learn from these healthy brains may inform our strategies for improving quality of life for the elderly and for combating Alzheimer's disease."
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