As we age, we can expect our bodies and minds to change. Memory loss is just one common part of the aging process. However, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders that affect the memory are not normal rites of passage. It can be tough to know the difference between normal memory loss and a more serious problem.
Even people in their 30s and 40s forget things from time to time. With age, it simply happens more often. Various studies conclude about 40 percent of people age 65 and older will experience some degree of age-related memory impairment (in other words, normal memory loss due to aging). This type of memory loss is characterized by the following:
If these examples characterize your memory challenges, you can likely relax. These are all normal and predictable steps in the aging process.
Sometimes, memory problems signify what may be a more serious problem. Here are some symptoms that indicate you should discuss your memory troubles with a physician.
While you can expect to become more forgetful as you age, extensive memory loss in seniors is certainly not a foregone conclusion for everyone. The human brain is amazing. At any age, it can produce new brain cells. While some memory-related issues are inherited, others result from inactivity. As with any skill, memory is subject to the “use it or lose it” rule. Challenge yourself by doing puzzles, learning new skills or playing mentally demanding games. You’ll keep your brain in tip-top shape so you retain your years of knowledge. Even if you do experience normal memory loss, take heart in knowing memory is just one component of your mental function. Memory loss or not, you can still argue your point, make judgments, exercise common sense, perform your usual tasks and draw upon your years of wisdom and experience.
Our senior living in OKC is committed to providing a vibrant, energetic experience for our residents. Our residents find it easy and inviting to exercise their brains in our library, fitness center, computer area and at our many social events. If you’re looking for a caring assisted living center in Oklahoma City, contact us at Village at Oakwood for a tour or more information.