Forgetting Things? Don’t Panic!
Many people worry about becoming forgetful as they age and think that some forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer’s. But don’t panic – that may not be the case!
Forgetfulness can be a normal sign of aging. As we get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. You may notice that it takes longer to learn new things or you don’t remember information as well as you once did, or you lose things like your glasses or keys. These usually are signs of mild forgetfulness, not serious memory problems.
There are many reasons you could be experiencing forgetfulness.
Medical Conditions: These conditions should be treated by a doctor as soon as possible
- Tumors, blood clots or infections in the brain
- Some thyroid, kidney or liver disorders
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Head injury, such as a concussion from a fall or accident
- Side effects from medication
- Not eating enough healthy foods or too few vitamins and minerals (like vitamin B12)
Emotional Problems: Treatment may include counseling, medication or both
Here are a few tips to help keep your brain strong and healthy:
- eat unprocessed foods, avoid sugar and trans fats, include healthy fats
- enjoy some music
- take up a hobby
- regular physical exercise
- get quality sleep
- drink plenty of water
- play some memory games
If you’re concerned about how forgetful you are, make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation. Take care of that brain!
Dr. John McElligott