An autopsy was recently performed on a deceased 115 year old woman who left her body to science at age 82.
Her brain showed almost no evidence of Alzheimer's disease. The finding suggests Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are not inevitable, as had been suspected.
"Our observations suggest that, in contrast to general belief, the limits of human cognitive function may extend far beyond the range that is currently enjoyed by most individuals," said lead researcher Gert Holstege, a neuroscientist at the University Medical Center Groningen, in The Netherlands.
The results are detailed in the August issue of the journal Neurobiology of Aging.
This finding underscores the need for individuals to take proactive action to manage their cognitive fitness.
Holstege is a leader in imaging and analyzing the orgasmic brain of both men and women.