Aging is inevitable. You cannot stop the hands of time. You may be able to delay the visible effects of aging with anti-aging creams and medical procedures, but time will march on. Instead of fighting the process or denying your age, prepare yourself for the future. Knowledge is power and knowing what to expect as the years go by will help you cope with aging.
Memory loss is something that no cream or procedure can fix. As you get older, you can expect to experience some level of memory loss. Decreased blood flow to the brain can contribute to memory loss, as well as a loss of neurons in the brain. An inability to absorb nutrients that enhance the brain may also contribute to memory loss. What begins as mild “forgetfulness” can eventually evolve into a full-blown medical condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
As you age, if you begin to experience simple memory loss like forgetting where you placed your glasses or your keys, do not panic. It happens. Forgetting things to the point that it becomes a disruption in your normal life is an indication of a potential problem. Your family may also notice things that you do not notice. If the memory loss progresses to more than simple “forgetfulness”, it is time to make an appointment with your physician.
Your doctor will have a variety of questions to ask you pertaining to your memory. Be prepared to answer questions about when you or your family first noticed the problem, what types of things you forget, and other pertinent information. Be honest about your memory problems. Your doctor may order further neurological testing to rule out certain medical conditions.
Before you panic, remember that there are still things you can do to help remember things. Writing notes is a great way to keep track of important dates and events. You can also start making it a habit to put items in the same place all of the time. Talk to your family about specific things you do not want to forget and they can help remind you. Memory loss comes with aging but it does not have to be the focus of your life. Between you, your family and your doctor, you can continue to live life to its fullest.