Many believe becoming a SuperAger – the ability to maintain cognitive abilities comparable to those in their 50s and 60s even after reaching the age of 80 and beyond – is largely determined by genetic luck. While genes play a role, studies are showing that behaviour and lifestyle factors can make a huge difference for brain health. 
To discover what makes SuperAgers different from others their age, researchers followed a group of SuperAgers, and examined their health, brain images and life histories. What they found was intriguing and a couple of factors set them apart.
First, SuperAgers tend to have strong, positive social relationships and remain active in their communities while maintaining close ties with family and friends. Additionally, they make it a habit to learn something new every day, whether it’s a new skill, sport, or simply acquiring new information. This is because the brain thrives on challenges and anything that is physically or mentally stimulating can help protect it. Lastly, SuperAgers engage in regular physical activity and prioritise a nutritious diet.
Becoming a SuperAger is a long-term process that requires consistent effort and dedication. By incorporating these habits into our daily lives, we can all increase our chances of maintaining cognitive sharpness and leading a fulfilling life as you age.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.