Distinguishing Alzheimer's From Senior Moments
- Your brain is overloaded with information like a computer whose memory files are full.
- You are stressed and too busy.
- You have not eaten enough today. Never consume fewer than 1,200 calories per day. Eat balanced meals – protein, carbohydrates and fat. For optimum brain function eat several small balanced meals, about six of them, throughout the day.
- You are not sleeping enough. Sleep deprivation will affect thinking and memory.
- You have high blood pressure which has been associated with memory problems as you age.
- You are depressed. Depression causes temporary cognitive impairment.
- Your hormones out of balance. Don’t forget to check thyroid function.
- You might be anemic. As you get older some of the B vitamins are harder to absorb.
- Forgetting recently learned information while remembering the past vividly.
- Misplacing items in strange places, as though you were hiding them.
- Inappropriate moods swings like laughing during a serious situation, or becoming enraged with no specific trigger.
- Having trouble performing simple daily tasks like driving, dialing the phone or getting dressed.
- Finding it difficult to express yourself using simple, ordinary words.
To boost your brain make exercise part of your daily regimen, eat a Mediterranean diet and reduce your stress levels. Don’t let yourself become distant and distressed, make sure you get out there and socialize.
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