Memory Loss in Progressive Age

Memory Loss in Progressive Age

As one progresses in age, forgetfulness seems part and parcel of being senior. Barring a few cases, these should not be mistaken as the beginning of the Alzheimer’s disease. Causes of memory loss may be aging, medical, emotional, impaired cognitive ability, or dementia.

Symptoms of memory loss

Aging brings changes in our body-parts including the brain. People may take longer to learn or forget information or frequently misplace things like spectacles. Common symptoms include missing a regular payment, confusion about the day of week or date, forgetting words or losing things frequently.   




Causes of memory loss

Mostly includes deterioration of hippocampus in the brain, decline in hormones and proteins, and decreased blood flow to brain affecting memory. Medical conditions like tumors, chronic alcoholism, unhealthy eating habits or disorders of organs like kidney affect the memory functions. Emotional problems like stress, depression, the death of a near one can make an individual forgetful.

How to handle memory loss

Various measures may be adopted to compensate memory loss.

Lifestyle Habits

Be socially active:

Healthy interaction with family and friends reduces stress and keeps the brain active.

Regular physical activity:

physical activity

The exercises, walks, cardio training slows down cognitive problems and stimulates the brain.

Say NO to smoking:

Smokers risk vascular disorders and reduced oxygen supply to the brain.

Effective stress management:

stress management

Stress causes lack of concentration, trouble in learning and memory lapses. Staying cool and easy is the key.

Sufficient Sleep:

sufficient sleep

Sound sleeping aplenty is very crucial for the growth of neurons helping in memory, as insufficient sleep causes depression, affects decision making, and concentration.

Home Remedies for memory loss

Artichoke (Thistle)

Artichoke

High in magnesium, artichokes elixir can be prepared by pulling its leaves one by one in a pan add salt if you like and boil for two hours in water. Extract the juice from leaves and drink three spoons, 2-3 times a day.

Blueberries

Blueberries

Studies affirm that blueberries beside being good source of oxidants improves short term memory-loss.

Eggs

eggs

Lecithin in eggs helps memory cells to stay healthy.

Carrots

carrots

Carotene present in it has a memory enhancing contents, eat raw or as juice mixed with apricot juice.

Remember to explore fridge

So many veggies can help enhance memory such as Okra, sweet potatoes, tapioca, spinach, and other leafy vegetables, besides the oranges, almonds, and milk.

Activities to do for preventing Memory-loss

Practice Brain Exercises:

Pursue the pleasure giving activities to support memory, in short ‘use it or lose it’. Play chess, bridge, and Scrabble games for brain exercises. Daily crosswords and puzzles like Sudoku activate the brain. Daily newspaper reading is good when you try linking day to day news together.

Learn activities:

Develop a kitchen garden, learn bonsai, water the plants. Involve in activities of planning and strategies.

Learn a foreign language, try left hand writing, sign language, dance, or musical instrument.

Make Things to Do List for the day:

Use stick-on slips for reminders and always make a shopping list. Always note down the messages to deliver and details of the caller.

Follow doctor’s advice:

Look after yourself in a meticulous manner by following doctor’s instructions regarding blood pressure, depression, cholesterol, diabetes, or any other health issue.

It is a natural phenomenon to be forgetful with the age but it’s not the end of the road. Just learn to manage it with discipline and routine as defined. 

 

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/do-memory-problems-always-mean-alzheimers-disease

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia-aging/age-related-memory-loss.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046518?pg=2