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Memory Lapses or Memory Losses?

As we age, memory lapses become common. It’s annoying to forget where you put your key, but it’s not unusual (and treatable). But, if you forget what a key is for or how to use it, you may have what doctors call dementia.

Normal Memory Lapses

  • You are worried about your memory, but your relatives are not.
  • You remember the incidents of memory losses.
  • You have occasional difficulty finding words or remembering names.
  • You remember important events.
  • You remain interested in people and your social skills are intact.
  • You can function independently.
  • You don’t get lost in familiar territory, though you may have to pause to find your way.

Non-Normal Memory Losses

  • Relatives are concerned, but you are not aware of the problem.
  • You do not remember the events.
  • You demonstrates frequent pauses and substitutions when finding words.
  • You forget important things.
  • You become withdrawn or behaves inappropriately.
  • You grows dependent on others for activities of daily life.
  • You get lost while driving or walking; may take hours to get home.

Serious memory loss is usually identified by a relative or friend.

Tips for Keeping your Memory

  • Get mental stimulation. Do something NEW, be it reading a new book, word puzzles, any new craft, or Brain exercise programs.
  • Get your Heart in Shape. Exercise daily, at least 30-minutes a day. Keep your calories down, load up on fruits, vegetables, and fish. Cut down on saturated and trans fats and salt (sodium). Keep your cholesterol down. If you have high blood-pressure (hypertension) get it treated.
  • Improve your Blood Sugar. Diabetes is a major risk factor, for memory loss.
  • Avoid tobacco. This is the most important way to prevent disease.
  • Don’t abuse alcohol. People who drink heavily are courting disaster.
  • Consider low-dose aspirin. Some evidence suggests that long-term use of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce the risk of memory loss. Ask your doctor before start using aspirin.
  • Stay calm. Stress, depression and sleep deprivation impair mental function.
  • Protect your head. Wear a helmet were necessary. Head injuries increase the risk of memory loss.

A Rant

I am frustrated with the current line of research by the drug companies for Alzheimer’s. There has not been a new drug approved for this condition for over eleven years. The FDA is not to blame. The drug companies and their researchers do not understand the problem.

Alzheimer’s is Not a disease, it is a condition (s symptom). For example, a runny noise is not a disease, flu is the disease that causes the symptom of a runny noise. Medical research has come up antihistamines, which treats the runny noise, but does not treat the disease. By the way, you should not start using an antihistamines immediately upon getting a Cold or the Flu. The runny noise is your body’s attempt to get a foreign substance (a virus) out of your body.

Researchers look as if they do Not understand that they should not be working on trying to relieve symptoms but finding the diseases (yes plural, there is probably more than one reason Alzheimer’s shows up).

Two years ago there were 230 drugs in stage three trails for Alzheimer’s. None approved.

Unfortunately, our parents will suffer because of the drug company’s ignorance.

Procrastination Causes Stress

The more procrastination the more stress. The more stress the more procrastination. It keeps going around and around until you exploded.

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Easy Way to Reduce Stress

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The Problem with Stress

Almost half of all adults have a problem with stress. And the numbers are getting worse, with 40% of adults saying their stress level has increased over the past five years.

Most of your body’s systems are adversely affected by stress.

Stress will shrink your brain. Stress causes the formation of cortisol in the brain which destroys brain cells. If you are under constant stress your brain will shrink in size.

It is false to think we use 10% of our brain, we use 100% of our brain. Less brain means less thoughts, less memory, less analytical ability.

Studies have shown that stress reduces your immunity system. People under stress suffer more diseases from colds and flu to cancer than those who are not under stress.

Prolonged stress releases inflammatory chemicals. Inflammation contributes to the formation of plaque in your arteries. This increases the threat of a heart attack and stroke.

Relaxation Kills Stress

One way to relax is to listen to soothing music or sounds.

I have a number of CDs with soothing nature sounds. I get mine from Amazon.com

So sit back relax and enjoy some nature.

See the post below on how Stress Affects the Brain.

How Lack of Sleep Affects the Brain

Sleep is the state of absent consciousness and the inactivity of the voluntary muscles. On average we spend one-third of our life we spend sleeping.

Sleep is vital since for rest of the physical body. Four to five hours of sleep is needed to replenish your physical body from an intense physical active day. You need seven to eight hours of sleep to replenish the mind after a mentally intense day.

Sleep both lack of it and excess has effects to ones brain in many ways, sleep assist in regenerating certain parts of the body. Sleep is vital for the regeneration of neurons, formation of new memories, and formation of new synaptic connections.

Lack of sleep has adverse effects on the memory. Sleep is required for the consolidation of a memory (remembering what it is supposed to remember). Lack of sleep causes the brain to have a harder time absorbing and recalling new information. Sleep affects how our brain stores information.

Studies have shown that sleep enhances memory. During sleep, the brain forms new permanent and semi-permanent memories. In one study, they split college students into two groups. One group crammed all night for a test on the next day. The second group studied until their normal bad time, got a good night’s sleep. The second group – which got a good night’s sleep – far outperformed the first group – which stayed up all night studying.

Research has shown that a good sleep enhances ones performance in any field and makes things easier to recall. During sleep the hippocampus replays the events of the day for the neocortex. While asleep, the brain organizes the information that flooded in during the waking hours.

Adequate sleep has proved to benefit the brain development/function. The healing power of sleep contributes to neurogenesis, the formation of new nerve cells to the brain. Lack of sleep means neurons may not have the time to repair all the damage cause during the day.

Lack of sleep causes your brain to work harder and accomplishing less. Sleep deprivation affects how well the brain performs. The situation becomes even worse when an individual is trying to do high level tasks. The tasks will have serious consequences both with the task performed and the way your brain is functioning.

A study suggests sleep deprivation causes part of the brain to over worked. This is especially important in the prefrontal cortex. The area supporting mental faculties such as working memory and practical reasoning. The cortex displayed more activity in the people with enough rest.

Sleep associated with several brain deceases and disorder. A study discovered patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea showed brain grey matter loss. The tissue loss occurred in the region of the brain that controls speech production. These individuals have the problem of stuttering or speech impairment. Their temporal lobe (brain region involved in language) was not activated in them. Healthy brains ranged from 2% to 18% larger in these areas than individuals with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea patients show subtle brain damage including problem with memory, thoughts and motor skills.

Apart from not getting enough rest there is also the problem of oversleeping that affects the brain. Oversleeping does cause the brain to age, too much sleep can cause the brain age by up to seven years. A research found 7-8% of people who slept more than 6 to 8 hours a night scored poorly on memory, reasoning and vocabulary tests.

During sleep the prefrontal (the genius within us) comes out allowing for maximum creativity. Many people have slept on a problem and find the answer in the morning. Elias Howe (the inventor of the sewing machine) said he had solved the problem of the machines needle when he dreamt of an attack by warriors carrying spears with holes in the tip. Also Paul McCartney said that he came up with the melody for yesterday while sleeping.

Sleep is crucial in the development and maintenance of brain functions. Both the quality and quantity of sleep plays a major role in the brains foundation of everyday learning and memory.

Plays a key role in an individual immune function

             Promotes physical health and emotional well being

             Helps repair the body

             Stress reduction

             Improves memory

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