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Living with Memory Loss, Alzheimer's & Mild Cognitive Impairment

Memory loss may affect us with greater frequency, as we get older. A certain amount of memory loss is to be expected. Butthere is a big difference between the normal forgetfulness thatcomes with aging and debilitating mental illnesses such asAlzheimer's disease.

Most people forget where they placed their keys from time totime or the name of a recent acquaintance. These minor lapsesin memory are normal and may be, to some degree - age-related.

But age-related memory loss doesn't prevent you from living afull life. People with memory loss due to more seriousconditions than the normal memory loss mentioned above, findthat the memory loss is actually interfering with their abilityto go about their life, normally and affects their quality oflife.

With normal memory loss those affected frequently have a good-natured attitude to about it and may even joke about theirinability to remember. People with more serious memory problemsmay have the felling that something is not quite right and mayactually try to hide their symptoms.

Age related memory loss usually remains pretty stable after itsinitial onset, unlike the memory loss associated withAlzheimer's which tends to get worse over time.

Some additional signs of Alzheimer's disease may include,asking the same question multiple times after receiving aninitial answer; inappropriate use of words; inability to followa recipe, or other steps to completing a task; becoming lostwhile driving or walking on familiar streets. In additions,sudden mood or behavior changes for no apparent reasons, maysignal that something is not right.

It is important to seek medical attention, quickly if youexperience any of these symptoms. These symptoms can be indicative ofconditions other than Alzheimer's; conditions that arereversible and treatable if diagnosed in time. Even Alzheimer'sdisease responds to some treatments and the prognosis is betterfor those who seek medical treatment for the disease, than thosewho don't.

Between the normal experience of forgetfulness that comes withaging and Alzheimer's is a transitional stage called MildCognitive Impairment of MCI.

While MCI can affect many areas of cognition or thinking. Researchers find that it affects memory most often. The numberof people with MCI in the general over 65 non-dementedpopulation is not known but some believe it may be as high as 20percent.

Again, as with Alzheimer's, memory loss which goes beyond thenormal range, may signal MCI. The criteria for a diagnosis ofamnesia MCI are similar to Alzheimer's disease, just not assevere and with the absence of dementia.

So, what can you do to prevent memory loss and keep your mindsharp? Below are a few of the things that are shown to help youkeep your wits about you:

- Stimulating activities: Either a job that is mentallychallenging or learning new skills, such as learning to play amusical instrument.- Stay physically fit: Research shows that higher physicalactivity correlates to lower mental decline. Exercise alsohelps us feel more energetic and alert. - Eat healthy: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and lowerin fats and empty carbohydrates provide us with antioxidantswhich may help prevent cholesterol from damaging the innerlining of our arteries, which slow the flow of blood to ourbrains. - Drink alcohol in moderation: People who drink heavily foryears can experience permanent brain damage and are at higherrisk for dementia than non-drinkers and those who drinkmoderately. - Good Supplementation: Some herbs along with vitamins B12 andvitamin C have recently been shown to be effective in promotinggood mental health and functioning. It is important to be surethat you get the proper concentration and dosage when usingvitamins. This is sometimes easier said than done.

To be sure that you are getting the proper combination ofvitamins, herbs and minerals to promote good brain functioningyou may want to try Neurovar�.

Neurovar� is an all natural and safe formula using clinicallysubstantiated ingredients aiding overall cognitive function. Neurovar�we hear is an all natural and safe formula using clinically substantiatedingredients aiding overall cognitive function. Its makers purport that it isthe complete brain function formula and is available today to helpsupport both brain function and protection of cerebral health.

Submitted by:

Stephanie McIntyre & Kamau Austin

Stephanie McIntyre and Kamau Austin are health and fitnessenthusiasts and advocates. They write on a regular basis ontimeless health and fitness tips at the Fit After Forty Blog.See more useful health and fitnessnews and tips at� http://www.healthandfitnessvitality.com/blogs/fitnessblog.htm



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