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Join the SuperAging Research Program

super-ager-407x235.jpgAt the Northwestern University Mesulam Center, we’ve coined "SuperAging" as a research term. By our definition, SuperAgers are adults over age 80 who have the memory capacity of individuals who are at least 3 decades younger. Studying SuperAgers is important to understand what is going right with aging, as opposed to what is going wrong.

What is the purpose of the study?

The SuperAging program helps us identify those protective factors that contribute to remarkable memory performance in late life including genetic, lifestyle, and brain factors (such as  what’s found in the brain after death).

We do this through:

  • Pen and paper surveys and questions about memory and other thinking abilities
  • Collection of blood samples
  • Advanced brain imaging with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or PET scans.
  • Brain donation

 Who is eligible?

Adults who are:

  • Aged 80+
  • Cognitively healthy and actively engaged in life
  • MRI-safe
Join our Research Registry

 


Meet a SuperAger

"Anything to help others, I will do,” Larry Seiger said. “I am thrilled to be where I am in my health, and I hope to be here for a long, long time.”

Read Larry's Story

Contact Beth Makowski-Woidan with any questions about the SuperAging study. (beth.makowski-woidan@northwestern.edu)

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