How to Become a “Superager”

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Think about the people in your life who are 65 or older. Some of them are experiencing the usual mental difficulties of old age, like forgetfulness or a dwindling attention span. Yet others somehow manage to remain mentally sharp. My father-in-law, a retired doctor, is 83 and he still edits books and runs several medical websites.

Why do some older people remain mentally nimble while others decline? “Superagers” (a term coined by the neurologist Marsel Mesulam) are those whose memory and attention isn’t merely above average for their age, but is actually on par with healthy, active 25-year-olds. My colleagues and I at Massachusetts General Hospital recently studied superagers to understand what made them tick. Read the Full Story

Smart Comeback by Dick Van Dyke, 90

I wish I had given that answer the last time I fell down some stairs (on May 7, 2015 in the Luisenhof in Dresden, Germany).  Dick Van Dyke, 90, last summer, in a hotel, tripped and tumbled down a long marble staircase.  In his words, “everyone ran over to see if the old guy was okay.”  But he was fine, just laughed and said, “Relax, everybody.  I do this for a living.”
Here is more on how Dick Van Dyke is doing it:

Chicago paleta vendor Fidencio Sanchez melts US hearts

More than $200,000 (£150,000) has been raised online in days for an elderly Chicago ice popsicle vendor who was pictured struggling to push his cart.

Fidencio Sanchez, 89, was forced out of retirement in the summer after his only daughter died and he took custody of her children.

The GoFundMe page was set up by a stranger who was moved to see the paleta seller hunched over his trolley.

Despite the windfall, Mr Sanchez says he has no plans to stop working. Read More

95-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel says hard work is her fountain of youth

Iris Apfel’s life is colorful, but the 95-year-old fashion diva says it’s hard work that keeps her going.

“I just I love what I do. I work very hard. I think hard work is my medicine, my salvation,” Apfel says at the launch of her partnership with the Macy’s brand INC International Concepts, called “Iris Meets INC,” in New York City earlier this week. Read the full Story