Sunday, April 5, 2015

How to Differentiate etween Memory and Aging

How many times have you misplaced your keys or forgotten a phone number? Forgetfulness is a common complaint among older adults. Occasional lapses in memory are a normal part of the aging process and do not require any form of intervention.
Unlike age-related memory loss, dementia can be very disabling and can impede one’s daily functioning. When memory loss becomes severe and has a negative impact on your daily living and relationships with others, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
Various research in memory show that practices which contribute to healthy living also apply to healthy memory as well.
Here are some helpful trips to assist you in improving your memory:
Regular Exercise:  Moderate physical activity improves blood circulation to your body, including your brain.  Without adequate blood supply, the brain will not function optimally and your memory may become affected. Exercise also helps reduce the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, stroke, and hypertension, all of which can play a role in memory loss.
Challenge your mind:  Just as how physical workouts keep your body in shape, cognitive workouts can have a positive impact on your overall brain function.  Reading regularly, working on crossword puzzles and playing games designed to improve cognitive functioning can all exercise your mind and improve your memory.
Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can be very beneficial as they are a good source of antioxidants which help protect against many diseases and age related illnesses. Drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol can also have a positive impact on your memory.
Restful Sleep:  Uninterrupted sleep is essential for memory consolidation as well as your overall health. Research indicates that adults need at least six to eight hours of sleep per night.  It is critical to establish and maintain a consistent sleep schedule and routine. Whenever possible, go to bed at the same time every each night and wake up at the same time every morning. 
Get organized: Declutter your home and leave items that you use daily such as your keys and glasses in the same designated spot. Use a day planner/organizer or your phone to write appointments, reminders and to do lists. Use devices such as cooking timers and alarm clocks as memory aids.

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