Do you constantly feel like you forget where you put your keys or glasses? Do you feel like you forget events on your calendar? Do not worry! You are not the only one and this can be a normal process as you age!
A part of healthy aging involves some cell loss. However, this does not lead to significant memory loss. As we age, we may have slower memory recall. Therefore, it is important for our brains to be exposed to environments that are enriched, complex, and novel. Exposure to enriched environments across your lifespan will lead to new brain cell development and increased cellular connections. This can also help delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
With age, some individuals experience Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) which is when an individual has problems with memory, language, or another mental function but is not severe enough to interfere with daily living. However, dementia is a loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. There is no cure for Dementia but treatments attempt to delay onset and slow the progression.
Just as our body needs exercise, so do our minds. Use it or lose it!
For more information, come to this month’s Smart Moves Healthy Learning Lecture on May 20th at 2:00p.m. in the Emerald Lounge. For additional questions, contact Carey Braga, Rehab Director at 655-8544 x 2033. Hope to see you there!