The keys to ‘super-aging’ are embracing aging, quitting negativity, moving more and meditating, new research suggests.
Super-agers are people in their 70s or 80s who have the mental and physical capabilities of someone decades younger.
1. Embrace aging
The first key is to embrace the aging process because emotions tend to be more balanced with age.
2. Quit negativity
Fear of aging can be dangerous in itself — research suggests it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
3. Keep moving
Study after study shows the benefit of exercise.
It produces more new brain cells, improves well-being and physical health.
Exercise may even help protect against Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.
Meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and to have physiological benefits.
The research on super agers is from a range of scientists working at UCSF and elsewhere.