Seniors and Alzheimers | October 5, 2015
We lose our keys one too many times. We think of something then it goes completely out of our mind. The more these types of things happen, the more we begin to worry that we, or a loved one, might have the beginnings of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Should we be worried? At what point does normal memory lose become Dementia or Alzheimer’s?
Over the course of our lives—starting in our 20s—we lose brain cells, a few at a time, causing a normal decline in the brain’s ability to remember. Forgetting the names of people you recently met is fairly common. And from time to time the perfect word you want to use may escape you. But generally the name or word comes to you a little later. That’s normal. However, you may have reason for concern if you forget directions to a place you have been to many times or how to do things you have done often. This could signal the beginning of Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia.
We can also take an active role in keeping our minds sharp and slowing memory loss. Eating right provides valuable nutrients and exercising improves circulation to the brain. Reading, playing cards, learning new skills, doing puzzles and brain teasers, maintaining an active social life and getting adequate rest also help maintain a fit brain.
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