The brain is the organ that makes us human, giving people the capacity for language, moral judgement, rational thought and art. It is also responsible for each individual’s personality, memories, and how we sense the world. As we grow older, we experience physiological changes that causes glitches in brain functions we have always taken for granted. It takes much longer to learn and recall information.
If you are over 40 and you have not noticed a change in your mental alertness and memory, you ………unfortunately………are likely to, sooner than you think!
Forgetfulness is a common complaint among older adults (65 and over); misplaced keys, inability to recall names or faces, phone numbers etc.
Normal age-related memory loss does not prevent you from living a full and productive life; for example you may forget a person’s name but recall it later in the day, you might misplace your glasses occasionally, or maybe you find that you need to make lists more often than in the past in order to remember appointments or task. These changes in memory are generally manageable and do not disrupt your ability to work, live independently or maintain a social life.
Every day, scientists are proving that diminished memory and mental capacity are not inevitable and it is important to distinguish between what is normal when it comes to memory loss and when you should be concerned.
Memory loss is also often one of the first or recognizable sign of dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms, including impairment in memory, reasoning, judgement, language and other thinking skills. Dementia begins gradually in most cases, worsens over time and significantly impairs a person’s abilities in work, social interactions and relationships.
Other early signs of Dementia may include;
  • Asking the same questions repeatedly
  • Forgetting common words when speaking
  • Mixing words up or substituting words, saying ‘bed’ instead of ‘table’ for example, making them difficult to understand
  • Taking longer to complete familiar tasks such as following a recipe
  • Misplacing items in inappropriate places ,such as ‘putting wallet in a kitchen drawer’
  • Getting lost while walking or driving around a familiar neighbourhood
  • Undergoing sudden changes in mood or behaviour for no apparent reason
  • Becoming less able to follow directions

It makes sense that we could find a way to keep our brains ,healthier and better able to counter the damage that occurs with age, and we could better the odds of preserving memory and preventing or forestalling Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

To be continued…
A genie asked me once to choose between a good memory and loads of cash… I can’t remember which I chose!

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