By: Michelle Plasari, Former President, RetireSafe
Memory loss doesn’t have to be inevitable as we age. Our brains are somewhat like a muscle: The more we use them, the stronger they get. Some people in their 80s and 90s are nearly as sharp as they’ve always been while others begin to deteriorate mentally decades earlier. Many factors contribute to age-related memory loss including genetics, environment, and lifestyle.
We begin to lose brain cells as early as our 20s. Eventually, all of our bodies make less of the chemicals our brain cells need to work. The older we get, the more these changes can affect our memories. Most of us will never suffer from serious memory problems – we may forget what we ate for breakfast, or the name of someone we recently met – but these are normal changes.
There are some simple ways to help you remember as you age:
- Keep lists
- Follow a routine
- Keep a detailed calendar
- Put important items, such as your keys, in the same place every time
- Do things to keep your mind and body busy
- Repeat the names of new people you meet
A memory problem is only serious when it affects your daily living. Normal age related memory problems don’t usually get worse over time. If your memory loss gets worse over time, seek medical attention. Only your doctor can tell if your memory loss is normal age-related or not.
New Supplement May Help
Dr. Robert Pastore, a PhD. nutritionist in New York, who sees thousands of patients each year, is recommending a new nutritional supplement for a variety of age related ailments including memory loss. The supplement, Prevagen, works by replenishing the calcium binding proteins our brain loses as we age. The very first person to whom Pastore recommended Prevagen was himself. “I noticed a difference and a change in the way my brain works after only three nights,” he says. “…the clarity I’m finding with Prevagen is amazing. It’s helping me take my work to the next level.”
Dr. Pastore is not alone. Portland, Oregon public relations director, Linda Dahan was attracted to Prevagen after learning about the strong science behind the product. “My father has Parkinson’s disease so I was interested in adding Prevagen to my daily regimen. I was thrilled to learn it had been developed to fight the debilitating affects often associated with anti-aging and neurological diseases.” One of the things Dahan enjoys about taking the supplement is her improved memory retention. “I think more clearly now. My memory has actually improved in the first six weeks of taking Prevagen; I don’t stop in mid-sentence to search for the right word.”
Dr. Pastore suggests patients check out Prevagen (www.prevagen.com) for themselves to learn more about how the calcium rebuilding process can affect memory and other bodily functions.
Modern medical science is enabling us to live longer and healthier lives. While many questions remain, it is clear that we can combat and stave off normal age-related memory loss and that there are a number of ways we can help preserve our mental abilities as we age. It is important to note that normal age-related memory loss does not diminish our intelligence or ability to learn new things. Remember, memory loss is not inevitable. By keeping our body and mind active, and adding medicines and supplements like Prevagen when necessary, we may be able to improve our quality of life and in turn, redefine retirement.