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Old Age is a scary time…..not really

November 9, 2011

You begin to forget some names, you forget where you stowed away things you do not use regularly, you can sense a desire to not delve too deeply into subjects that no longer interest you. So the verdict is that you are loosing your memory, the capacity to retain large amounts of data, the capacity to absorb new complex information and the capacity to multi task. In a nutshell this is seen as the worst impact of aging other than wrinkles and sags and bent backs. Scientific research however puts the truth somewhere in between. First there is the fact that Alzheimer and Dementia which are genetic and inherited can and do creep up on people so slowly that as some of their symptoms emerge they are assigned to normal aging. In fact the brain’s regenerative ability has now been scientifically established. The efficiency with which the human brain revives itself even after severe trauma is truly impressive. More than that both Dementia and Alzheimer can be diagnosed well in time if people are taught how to do this. Quite importantly as we age the memory burden increases often to a point when some of the unnecessary bits of information are voluntarily jettisoned. Mental activities we found highly engaging when young often become boring and much of the related memory information is pushed back to a point of no recall. The brain’s capacity to learn new skills remains unimpaired. New skills require the creation of new neural pathways and to maintain this mental connectivity is to keep your brain healthy till your last day.

Today, between the neutraceutical and the pharmaceutical industries you are surrounded with new panaceas and miracle working formulas. Research is a treacherous thing. In research often promises are made to be broken. The most current as reported by ScienceDaily is that in diabetes cognitive degeneration should be expected. Another study findings in ScienceDaily tell us more about memory performance in old age.

Watch this video on CNN to learn more on how to cut your risk of memory loss.


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