Here in Syracuse many people appear to share a belief in the common myth that there is nothing that can be done about memory loss with aging. Now in an article in the MailOnline, http://www.dailymail.co.uk, titled “Memory loss is NOT a normal part of ageing, say dementia experts” reports that a study shows mild memory lapses experienced by older people are often excused as ‘senior moments,’ but a new study has found the brain changes that cause the forgetfulness are also responsible for dementia.
The findings in this study contradict the long-held notion that memory loss is a normal part of ageing. Lead researcher Dr Robert Wilson, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has said “We don’t think that just because you are old, a problem in thinking and memory is normal and should be ignored. We think it’s an actual sign of disease.”
Alzheimer’s, which is the most common form of dementia, is a fatal brain disease in which people gradually lose their memory and their ability to reason and care for themselves. Alzheimer’s disease can only be confirmed by an autopsy which can confirm the brain changes used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Short of death and an autopsy, most patients have to take a battery of memory tests administered by specialists.
Dr Wilson’s findings are reported to be the latest from a long-running study of 350 Catholic nuns, priests and brothers who were given memory tests each year for up to 13 years. When these subjects died, their brains were examined. The pathologists looked specifically for tau, a toxic protein that forms tangles in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s disease. The pathologists also checked for evidence of strokes and for Lewy bodies which is an abnormal protein in nerve cells that can cause a form of dementia called Lewy body disease.
The patients who showed no sign of memory loss also had clean brains. In the patients who had memory troubles, they tended to develop gradually, but then accelerated in the last four to five years of life. Dr Wilson said “What we’re saying is the brain changes that are mainly responsible for Alzheimer’s and other dementias also seem to be mainly responsible for very mild early changes in memory and thinking.” Many experts believe Alzheimer’s begins about 10 years before the disease is diagnosed.
And so here in Syracuse as elsewhere it is clearly a wise idea to strive for brain health naturally in order to help prevent memory loss. A healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, adequate daily rest, meditation, nutritious food, avoidance of alcohol and unnecessary and illicit drugs, and vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements can help you achieve brain health naturally.
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