Alzheimer's and Your Memory
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative condition that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking, and behavior. It affects an estimated four million American adults.
Alzheimer's and the Symptoms
Adults who suffer from memory loss do not necessarily have Alzheimer's. As we grow older, many of our thinking processes slow down just as physical processes do. This is often called Age-Associated Memory Impairment and is not considered Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Disease is usually diagnosed when memory problems start to greatly affect every day routines. The disease progresses much faster and more seriously than Age-Associated Memory Impairment.
Watch for these symptoms in yourself or loved ones to determine the extent of memory loss:
- behavior change
- personality change
- impaired judgment
- difficulty finding correct words
- difficulty finishing thoughts
- difficulty following basic directions
These symptoms can be indications of Alzheimer's but might also occur with standard memory loss. It is important to consult a healthcare professional to determine how serious the problem is.
Tips for Improving Your Memory
If you would like to try improving your memory using some easy approaches, check out this list of tips:
- Associate objects or ideas by relating them to something you already know.
- Concentrate and take time to process information. Paying attention can improve your memory skills by 50%.
- Use techniques such as visualization, categorization, rhyming, alphabetizing, repetition, and rehearsal to encode or recall information.
- Breath deeply to reduce stress and fear related to memory loss.
- Eating healthy contributes to memory and increased concentration skills.
- Walking helps short term memory.
- Use tools to remember such as calendars, notes, lists, alarms and diaries.
- Get into routines such as consistent placement of your personal items.
- Stay socially involved and be flexible in dealing with new experiences.
- Exercise your mind using crosswords, puzzles, word games, reminiscing.
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