So-called “senior moments” are in many respects a natural part of aging. The real concern that many have as they age is that these natural “senior moments” could be a portent of something far worse.
As a result, there has plenty of research into this topic, and this research has come to conclusions that should put our minds at ease.
In following Doctor Andrew Weil’s blog, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on healthy aging, I came across this article and feel that it covers this very well.
In Dr. Weil’s blog post, which you can read here, Dr. Weil explains the results of a recent experiment in Germany…because most of these memory lapses are not a cause for concern.
The details on the study are as follows…
A group of 300 seniors, age 75 or older, were studied for three years. All 300 seniors had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment but not dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Over a three year period, only 22% of those studied went on to develop dementia…less than one in four. And the scientists running the study reported that a majority of those who developed dementia also had signs of depression, were the older individuals in the study and of the 300 studied, their cognitive impairment was worse than the others at the beginning of the study.
Now, you could read the whole study if you wanted, but Dr. Weil does a pretty good wrap up at the end of the article. He mentions that relieving stress and anxiety in your life, plus proper sleep can help with alleviating the causes of senior moments.
He also recommends exercise, yoga and meditation for those who may have senior moments as a means of relieving the stress and anxiety.
As a next step, Dr. Weil suggests having your thyroid function tested and to also consider whether any medications you are taking could be causing the problems. Many prescription medications that seniors have to take for other medical issues can cause cognitive impairment so it is very important to have a conversation with your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing.
It could be that merely changing your prescription can eliminate…or at least lessen the effects…of the senior moments you are experiencing.
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