The Super-Ager ProtocolsBy Talismanicidols on March 3, 2017
There’s a term being thrown around the WWW now called the “Super Ager”. In the Harvard New article exploring people from age 60-80 with memory and brain imaging similar to average 20 year olds, they do a great job hyping the phenomena but share no insight as to how it occurs.
The New York Times article on Super-Agers gave a few sentences of food for thought.
We’re still studying this question, but our best answer at the moment is: work hard at something. Many labs have observed that these critical brain regions increase in activity when people perform difficult tasks, whether the effort is physical or mental. You can therefore help keep these regions thick and healthy through vigorous exercise and bouts of strenuous mental effort.
Work hard at something physical or mental? Well that’s at least better than the Harvard study. It is good to know that putting in deep focus and effort into difficult tasks allows for thicker cortical regions that keep brains healthier and more efficient later in years.
So far my favorite source for aging into better health and cognitive function is from Stephen Jepson at NeverLeavethePlayground.com. He is by far the funniest elder and most active and playful man I’ve ever had the pleasure of studying. I will be interviewing him soon.
He has countless case studies of people over the age of 65 (mortality rate from breaking hips skyrockets at this age) who simply train their hands and feet bilaterally (meaning both sides equally) so there’s no dominant hemisphere. It is stated that the hands and feet, when given fine motor tasks, send more information to the brain than any other inlets of environmental stimuli. So Mr. Jepson sits them in chairs and has them pick marbles out of buckets with their toes which enlivens muscle integration that typically goes dormant while sitting.
When that gets too easy, he has them stand up and continue. Now they still have to control fine motor skills with their toes but also balance on one foot. The brain truly has to multitask and this becomes less analytical (brain intelligence) and more instinctual (body intelligence).
Then when that gets too easy, they put the bucket on the chair so now they really have to balance and lift their legs higher, recruiting much more muscles development while still controlling the little toes for the marble game.
This gives a glimpse into a profound method for Super-Agers. If you want to drastically improve memory, cognitive function, focus and mental maps of the body, this incremental level-up process, just like in video games, is a prime key. The slower and more intentional the process of training the hands and feet allows for the mind to create proper mental maps of the body, therefore strengthening mind-body connection.
This technique is not just for those getting up there in years. The cognitive function of younger and younger people are experiencing cognitive and bodily ailments that seemed reserved for elders just a few decades back. It is highly possible that our modern culture that loves sitting all day long and deactivating the body is the cause of health related issues that previously were never linked to physical or mental activity or deep focus on difficult tasks.
Soon I will be launching my first book (ebook) series on findings like these and how diet, breath, gravity (movement), light, space and time are all information sources that keep human intelligence integrated with the body.
Some sources to check out immediately are:
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