Jun 14, 2008

Scientists: 115-year-old's brain worked perfectly

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com
A Dutch woman who was the oldest person in the world when she died at age 115 in 2005 appeared sharp right up to the end, joking that pickled herring was the secret to her longevity.

Scientists say that Henrikje van Andel-Schipper's mind was probably as good as it seemed: a post-mortem analysis of her brain revealed few signs of Alzheimer's or other diseases commonly associated with a decline in mental ability in old age.

That came as something of a surprise, said Gert Holstege, a professor at Groningen University, whose findings will be published in the August edition of Neurobiology of Aging.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper was the world's oldest living person at the time of her death at age 115 in 2005. She is seen here the year before she died at de Westerkim, home for the elderly, in Hoogeveen, Netherlands.
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