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Do You Know Them?
Memory loss can be caused by many things, some are innocuous, and some are not. Memory can be a normal factor of aging, a result of medications, or signs of a more serious problem.
Alzheimer Disease is a type of dementia, and probably the best known memory illness. Do you know the signs of early warning?
- Recent memory loss that affects job skills.
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks.
- Problem with language.
- Disorientation of time and place.
- Poor or decreased judgement.
- Problems with abstract thinking.
- Misplacing things.
- Changes in mood or behavior.
- Changes in personality.
- Loss of initiative.
Did You Know That There Are Treatments?
Just because you have some signs of the items on the list, does not mean that you are suffering from Alzheimer's but may mean that you should discuss the issues frankly with your doctor.
If you do have Alzheimer's or the early stages, there are new medications that have had success in slowing the loss and actually improve cognitive functioning. Ask your doctor about Aricept, Exelon or Reminyl if you have been diagnosed with a memory loss or form of dementia.
What About Old Age Memory Loss?
For those of us who are really just suffering with memory loss caused by old age, there are ways to keep sharp. Studies recommend that the more you use your memory the sharper it stays. Crossword puzzles are a great mind exercise. Taking a not for credit course at your local community college or senior center are also great opportunities to grow your mind and sharpen your cognitive thinking as well as meet new friends. Remember if you don't use it, you will lose it!
Bone Up On Bone Basics
Osteoporosis affects 25 million Americans with four out of every five being women. Osteoporosis causes 1.5 million bone fractures annually including about 300,000 hip fractures. That sounds like bad news, but did you know that most people don't know that there are new treatments and that osteoporosis is preventable?
What Can I Do?
Eat a diet rich in calcium and make sure that you are doing regular weight-bearing exercises like: walking, jogging, strength training, aerobics, line-dancing, clogging or jazzercise. It is recommended that you exercise at least 3 days a week for at least 20 minutes each time to receive the most health benefits.
You should have at least 1000mgs of calcium daily. Not all supplements are the same, check with your doctor to see which one he or she recommends. Some doctors like Viactin and some like Citracal, and some prefer other brands.
Lower your salt and protein intake as diets high in salt and protein lower your body's ability to absorb calcium. Stop smoking if you do and decrease your intake of alcohol as both decrease the available levels of calcium in the body. Excess caffeine can also be a factor. It is recommended that more that one or two caffenated beverages can be linked to bone loss.
You may also want to review all your medications with your doctor as some medications may contribute to bone loss. Some of those medications include thyroid medicines, steroids, anti-siezure medicines, as well as excess doses of aluminum-rich antacids.