Aging and Forgetfulness – It Is All Part of Getting Old or Is It?
Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell
Have you ever put your car keys down and forgot where you put them? Or perhaps you are at the grocery store, you meet someone and one minute later you totally forget their name. Many perimenopausal women complain of fuzzy thinking or forgetfulness. Just to let you know, this is not the start of Alzheimer’s disease.
Not everyone knows, but as a woman goes through menopause and her hormones change, her brain totally rewires. I find that to be fascinating. Now you have an excuse when you do something out of the ordinary.
The best rule is to be patient with yourself when you forget something. Many times memory issues are a result of our body and minds being overloaded with the demands of life. Just relax. Take a few deep breaths or do something else and perhaps it will come to you. Try not to get excited, frustrated, or anxious, which will only make the problem worse.
It is true that we lose brain cells every year after our mid twenties. However, the brain cells that we have left continue to form stronger connections year after year.
So what can you do to preserve your memory?
Keep your mind fresh by reading or doing crossword puzzles. Get your hormones checked by one of our professionals, exercise, and eat a good balanced diet. There is also speculation that a diet high in monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, walnuts and avocadoes assist with cognitive function and attention to detail. More research will need to be completed in this area to expand the findings.
According to a study by the American Journal of Epidemiology poor dietary habits, such as inadequate food intake, skipping meals and low levels of vitamin E led to memory loss in the elderly. It is recommended to avoid white flours and white sugars if you want to be mentally sharp as these will create highs and lows in blood sugar and create fogging thinking.
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