From Healthy Aging®
If you think old, you ARE old.
A decline in memory is not always a function of serious disease, like Alzheimer’s. Sometimes memory loss is caused by factors that can be changed — such as diet, medication misuse, depression, etc… At the National Institute on Aging, research is showing that memory may be like other parts of the body. Research showed that the very gradual declines in memory take place until age 70 — when the pace increases, but not so much as to impair us. The conclusion?
The processes of normal aging do not rob you of your memory.
The greatest enemy to the healthy senior mind is depression. New activities, hobbies, and exercise are wonderful anti-depressants. If you truly are depressed, don’t bear it alone — SEEK HELP!
Stay active doing things that use your memory:
- Take a class, play games, be with people
- Pick up the phone now and call someone, just to "chat"
- Volunteer your time. Get involved with a cause you believe in or in something that interests you
- Seek out variety and challenge in your daily life