What’s Normal and What’s Not?
Many people over the age of 50 (and maybe even younger) experience mild forgetfulness.
Although these are a wake-up call to pay attention to your brain and memory, if the forgetfulness includes:
• Forgetting parts of an experience
• Forgetting where you park the car
• Forgetting events from the distant past
• Forgetting a person’s name, but remembering it later
Then, your memory loss is mild and would be regarded in the ‘normal’ range. It’s worrying though and, in the view of Dr. Allison Lamont, the Memory Doctor, “it’s time to take stock of your lifestyle and memory habits. Memory can be enhanced at this stage.” Read more…
I Know About Memory Strategies,
But Which Ones Do I Need?
First you need to answer the question:
Is my memory normal?
Use ‘Memory Check’ to find out.
Remember: you can do this on-line, or print it off and complete it by hand.
How to use the Check-list:
- Place the number of your choice into the correct column (e.g. if you think 3 describes your memory performance, place a 3 in the third column across).
- On-line, your scores add downwards automatically. On paper you will have to add them up yourself.
- You then manually add the scores across the bottom of the page to get your grand total.
- To find out what your score means, go to: Memory Check Results
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I was downtown last week when I bumped into a woman I haven’t seen for ages. We were just outside a coffee shop, and we both had time, so we went inside to enjoy a chat. I’d just sipped my cappuccino and glanced up as Megan began to tell me about an accident her brother had a month or so ago.
And I knew exactly what she was going to say!
The eeriest feeling came over me as my mind was jumping ahead of her sentences and I only just stopped myself from completing them for her. I haven’t seen Megan for at least two years and I only knew her brother as a little boy when we were all at school together. I couldn’t have known about his accident …… could I? Was this what people call déjà vu?
Lots of interesting topics this month. Try the Memory Worksheet!.
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QUESTION: Both my mother and my father-in-law suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. We’re told that they both seem to be at about the same point in the physical progression of the disease. But my father-in-law has remained fairly lucid, while my mother is more confused and forgetful. What could account for this?
Harvard Medical School’s Adviser gives the answer:
March 12 – 17 is Brain Week.
All over the world, people like you are thinking about the way their brain works and what can be done to guard against memory loss. You’ve already taken important steps in this direction and below we bring you more quick reminders. You’ll find exercise tips, a video about what Alzheimer’s does to the brain, how brain injury affects memory …. and so much more!
Over the break I’ve found some really interesting snippets I think you will find helpful. As more and more of our friends are troubled by memory lapses, I hope you are still doing all you can to keep YOUR brain and memory alert. Read more…
Considerable research into the causes and effects of Alzheimer’s disease is being conducted world-wide. This has been on-going ever since Alois Alzheimer first described the disease in 1906. Even so, there is still no cure.
There have been positive advances into ways to avoid the risk factors in the disease, though; following these guidelines will give you the best possible protection. But the important message is that you must begin while your brain is still healthy and it is not too early to begin in your 40’s.
Here are the 10 key ways to prevent Alzheimer’s:
- Stay active. Physical exercise into old age can reduce the risk of dementia by 50%. Read more…
Feed Your Brain Protein – the ‘Lego’ of Life
Picture this: A child happily playing with Lego blocks, building all sorts of wonderful creations; houses, cars, scary monsters, trucks – the imagination is limitless.
Well, now try and imagine for yourself that those Lego blocks are proteins – because proteins are literally the building blocks of life. Read more…
Have you been forgetting a few things lately?
Had trouble remembering passwords?
Forgotten if you’d taken your medication or turned off the oven?
So, what’s happening?
Are you losing your edge?
Or getting Alzheimer’s?
It’s NOT a ‘senior moment’
It’s NOT the loss of brain cells
It’s NOT your brain shutting down
Your memory is still all there!
But you do need to learn the ways to find it. Read more…