For Memory’s Sake

For generations, women have claimed that they have a better memory than men. A new study proves just that. Middle-aged women outperformed age-matched men on all memory measures – at least until post-menopause.

For both sexes, memory loss is a consequence of the aging process. About 75% of older adults report memory-related problems. Women report increased forgetfulness and “brain fog” during the menopause transition. In addition, women are disproportionately at risk for memory impairment and dementia compared with men.

We all wish to preserve our memories and brain function for as long as possible. Think of your brain as a muscle, you have to use it or lose it.

Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
• Eat right: fresh vegetables and healthy fats, and avoid sugar.
• Exercise: increases oxygen and stimulates nerve cells to multiply.
• Avoid multi-tasking. (Multi-tasking makes you prone to errors and forgetful.) Set the phone down when you’re putting away groceries.
• Get a good night’s sleep. Not only does sleep enhance memories, certain brain connections strengthen during “downtime.”
• Play games or master a new skill. Stimulate your brain with new information and tasks that are important to you and can hold your attention.

Aging can take a toll on memory. The aging of brain tissue, reduced hormones and reduced blood flow can all interfere with cognitive abilities. If memory lapses become frequent enough or sufficiently noticeable to concern you or a family member, talk to your doctor. Now may be a good time to take steps to prevent a small problem from becoming a larger one. Call us today at 865-546-1642.

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