Friday, February 24, 2012

Is loss of memory a given?

Like many my age, I worry about my memory.  One of my friends has Alzeimers and I have talked about him in other posts. His memory is getting worse, and he is beginning to loose his sense of who he is now.

Many of my friends notice that from time to time they forget things like a name, face, or where they put their keys. We wonder is this normal and what do we have to do to keep my brain sharp.  By the way according to AARP, the number one priority of 94 percent of people as they age is, "keeping my brain sharp." So me and my friends are not thinking out of the norm when we worry.

Dharma Singh Khalsa, president and medical director of The Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation believes that we are not doomed to lose our memory  and here are his reasons and his ideas on how to maintain memory with age.

There are actions or lifestyle measures that you can take that to maintain your mental sharpness with age.  Here are the main ideas:
  1. Keep your brain strong. This is called building cognitive reserve or resiliency. To do that, you must discover ways to keep your brain blood flow optimal and your brain big. Why? Brain shrinkage in key areas such as your memory center, or hippocampus, leads to memory loss.
  2. Mind the gap, the place where your nerve cells communicate known as the synapse. To stay sharp with age, you have to help your all-important brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, remain in abundance. That will give you the spark that is the hallmark of a youthful brain.
  3. Love your genes. Many people still think that the genes you inherit determine your health. But many recent studies have revealed that not all people with the Alzheimer's gene for example, come down with the disease. There are lifestyle measures that you can follow that will keep your genes healthy.
  4. Create high levels of well-being. It has been shown, for example, that people who are happy, spiritually attuned, and have a clear picture of their mission in life have less Alzheimer's.

It's time to change the channel on thinking that memory loss is normal with age. We are not doomed! For one thing, subjective complaints can be caused by conditions such as depression that may not be progressive. Moreover, there are many things you can do to keep your mind strong starting right now. Put your health first, make a plan and stick to it. I'll have more to share in future articles on how you can do just that.

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