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Here’s what we already know about ‘super-agers’ (people over 80 whose cognitive abilities are similar to those in their 50s): there are differences in the size of certain areas of their brains. Now, a new study contends that the size of your social network also helps you age better. When researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine studied 31 super-agers along with 19 of their cognitively average peers, they found that superagers had more satisfying relationships and engaged more with the community. “You don’t have to be the life of the party, but this study supports the theory that maintaining strong social networks seems to be linked to slower cognitive decline,” lead author Emily Rogalski tells media. Their study was published in journal PLOS One.

Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
December 2017