Cognitive Aging, Cincinnati

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Cognitive Aging by Longevity Explorers | Recent @ Cincinnati

One Explorer is amazed at how frequently he forgets little simple things like what he came into the room to do, names, etc..  One explanation offered: as you get older your accumulated knowledge is bigger and thus harder to remember everything quickly.

Another Explorer suggests that one way to combat the forgetfulness: Involve multiple senses when thinking about it.  For example, writing it down helps it become more engrained.  Saying the information out loud; that’s another sensory modality that will help the information become more ‘embedded’ in your brain.

Also, a previous Lunch and Learn emphasized more concentration on the specific things you want to do and don’t let your mind wander to other things that you think about, which could contribute to you forgetting what you wanted to do in the first place.  Vitamin B complex vitamins help one Explorer.

Another thought about forgetting: A number of our activities are done so often they become routine and almost automatic; for example: pulling the car out of the garage.  One day recently, the Explorer was pulling the car out of the garage and then was driving down the street and she couldn’t remember if she closed the garage door.  She had to drive back down to her house, where she saw that she did close the door.  It was so rote and automatic that she had to go back to see if she did it or not.

One Explorer tells us that we should be very proud as Cincinnatians that we have one of the top neurological teams in the world at UC.  She also very strongly encourages you to get tested if you feel like you are having cognitive issues.  New Alzheimer’s testing today can include spinal taps to help diagnose some early signs.  It used to be that only autopsies could truly indicate whether someone had Alzheimer’s or not.  These early tests can help by getting you earlier treatment to help ward off or delay dementia symptoms or progression.

She also talks about her mother, who had Alzheimer’s that was caused by problematic surgeries that reduced the blood flow to her brain.  Her mother told her that she would rather have a disease than to have this mental condition.  Lot of help is available through support groups, which can be very helpful to caregivers of dementia/Alzheimer’s patients.


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Key words: 
Cognitive aging, forgetting, dementia, Alzheimer's