Terry, 80, Ellie, 72 (2015)

November 3, 2015

"Super-Agers" are older seniors in great shape mentally and physically. I know many people who fall into that category who can't relate to peers stuck in the past, discussing their health issues and dramas. We always look at Betty White as a great example. At 93, Betty, still learns her lines and performs - last seen on the TV show "Bones" in October 2013 playing the world's most experienced forensic anthropologist.

My neighbor Sal, 86, is in good health, a widower, retired construction worker, drives an SUV, and lives life to the fullest. No drinking or drugs ... not sure about women as he appears to be single. Recently he told me he walked down the block to the citizens home only to report the people there are old and he felt no connection. Tell me about it! I visited the center a few years ago with another neighbor, Jesse, and had the same reaction. I never returned. Jesses got Alzheimers and died this year.

As people live longer, the word Senior, is evolving. It's all about how burned out a person is, not their chronological age. You can 40 and be a senior ... or suffer from Alzheimers as the computer we call our brain - combined with our DNA programming - declines. You can be my age and feel great. If you are not able to get a good night's sleep, your brain is aging faster and your programming is moving to completion/deletion.

Always remember that "Aging is a State of Mind" - a computer run by binary code.

Interesting Videos

  "Super-agers": What it takes to live beyond 100   CBS

  SuperAgers   Huffington Post

SuperAgers have distinctly different looking brains than those of normal older people, according to new Northwestern Medicine research that is beginning to reveal why the memories of these cognitively elite elders don't suffer the usual ravages of time. SuperAgers have memories that are as sharp as those of healthy persons decades younger. Cognitive SuperAgers were first identified in 2007 by scientists at Northwestern's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Their unusual brain signature has three common components when compared with normal persons of similar ages: a thicker region of the cortex; significantly fewer tangles (a primary marker of Alzheimer's disease) and a whopping supply of a specific neuron linked to higher social intelligence. Read more from NBC News

Today in the news

'Super-agers' study may reveal secrets to staying young   Yahoo - November 3, 2015
Miami - Mary Helen Abbott, 77, paints her lips bright pink, still smokes the occasional cigarette, keeps up on all the gossip at the retirement home and wears a short skirt to fitness class. She giggles as the aerobics instructor shouts -- "Swagger! Like you are going to meet someone famous!" -- then she and a dozen seniors throw shoulders back, lift their knees high and strut around the exercise studio. Abbott is what scientists refer to as a "super-ager," and she is taking part in a $3.2 million study that aims to uncover the secrets to staying sharp and healthy into old age.