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September 1, 2010 at 4:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

3 Simple Practices to Prevent Memory Loss


Memory loss of any kind is frightening. Even when memory loss is something simple, such as misplacing the keys, the automatic fear is that it is a precursor to Alzheimer's or dementia. Unfortunately, Alzheimer's and dementia are a valid concern. Experts suggest there may be as many as 5.1 million Americans with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's patients dont usually exhibit symptoms until after the age of 60, and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are more severe than just forgetting where you placed the keys; instead, you may have forgotten what the keys are for. Some practices that may help prevent memory loss are as easy as getting enough sleep every night and watching what you eat.

Be Proactive Against Illnesses and Memory Loss

Some conditions that can cause memory loss include depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, inactivity, recklessness and alcohol consumption. The following three practices support the retention of a focused mind. #1 Remain Active Staying physically active doesnt mean you have to jog or take aerobics classes, but it does mean you should keep in touch with friends and family, continue doing the things you enjoy, and get out of the house every now and again. Keeping socially active and in touch with loved ones is a good way to stave off depression, as well as keep the mind active, focused, and alert. Another way to keep the brain active is to play games that make you think. Mah Jongg, Bejeweled, and Solitaire are all good choices. #2 Know Your Limits Knowing your limits is a good way to approach life in general. How much alcohol can you drink before your memory may be compromised? One drink? Two? Limiting yourself to two alcoholic drinks (and even then only drinking occasionally) is smarter for more reasons than you may think. Over imbibing can lead to confusion and memory loss. At the same time, recognize your limits when it comes to staying out late. Every adult should get up to eight hours of sleep each night. When you dont get enough sleep, your brain cant function at optimal levels and memory loss can occur. #3 Reduce Stress Stress is a big problem in todays world. Some experts believe stress is the precursor to a variety of different ailments, including memory loss. The unfortunately truth is that the more you have on your plate the less you can take care of. Too much work equals too much stress. Try not to take on more work than you can handle. Try not to worry about things you cannot change, things that do not apply to you, or things that simply arent your business. Stress is a part of every day living. You cannot expect to be completely stress-free, of course, but you can expect to be able to handle stress in an efficient manner. When stress is getting the best of you, try writing down the items that are stressful. Then give yourself permission to ignore those particular issues until the next day. If you can learn to trust yourself, you can learn to deal with your stress in a more efficient manner.

Understanding Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness is a part of aging, and quite normal. Forgetting where you left your glasses, what was said in a recent conversation, whom you spoke with, or entering a room and forgetting what you were looking for are standard bouts of forgetfulness and dont usually make a difference in a persons every day life. When memory loss is more severe, and you forget appointments or your spouses birth date, or have difficulty pulling up information you have known your whole life, mild cognitive impairment may be occurring. Memory loss that disrupts your daily schedule or makes it impossible to work and carry out normal family relationships may indicate its time to speak with a health professional. Sources:

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