Age Related Memory Loss

Memory and aging: What’s normal, what’s not

Forgetfulness is a common complaint among older adults. You start to talk about a movie you saw recently when you realize you can’t remember the title. You’re giving directions to your house when you suddenly blank on a familiar street name. You find yourself standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering what you went in there for.

Memory lapses can be frustrating, but most of the time they aren’t cause for concern. Age-related memory changes are not the same thing as dementia.

As we grow older, we experience physiological changes that can cause glitches in brain functions we’ve always taken for granted. It takes longer to learn and recall information. We’re not as quick as we used to be. In fact, we often mistake this slowing of our mental processes for true memory loss. But in most cases, if we give ourselves time, the information will come to mind.

Memory loss is not an inevitable part of the aging process

The brain is capable of producing new brain cells at any age, so significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. But just as it is with muscle strength, you have to use it or lose it. Your lifestyle, health habits, and daily activities have a huge impact on the health of your brain. Whatever your age, there are many ways you can improve your cognitive skills, prevent memory loss, and protect your grey matter.

Furthermore, many mental abilities are largely unaffected by normal aging, such as:

  • Your ability to do the things you’ve always done and continue to do often
  • The wisdom and knowledge you’ve acquired from life experience
  • Your innate common sense
  • Your ability to form reasonable arguments and judgments

What causes age-related memory loss?

  • The hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in the formation and retrieval of memories, often deteriorates with age.
  • Hormones and proteins that protect and repair brain cells and stimulate neural growth also decline with age.
  • Older people often experience decreased blood flow to the brain, which can impair memory and lead to changes in cognitive skills.

 

for more information visit: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/memory/age-related-memory-loss.htm

Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms

By Robert Preidt

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests.

Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation — called prostatitis.
The study included 27 men, age 21 and older, who had prostatitis and moderate to severe gum disease. The men underwent treatment for gum disease and showed significant improvement in their gums within four to eight weeks, the study authors said.

The men received no treatment for their prostatitis, but symptoms of the condition improved in 21 of 27 of them after their gum disease was treated, according to the study published recently in the journal Dentistry.

“This study shows that if we treat the gum disease, it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease,” corresponding author Dr. Nabil Bissada, chair of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said in a university news release.

Gum disease affects more than the mouth. It also can cause inflammation in other parts of the body, Bissada said. Previous research at Case Western had found a link between gum disease and fetal deaths, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis, the researchers said.

Bissada said he wants to make gum disease treatment a standard part of treatment for prostate disease, much like dental checkups are advised before heart surgery or for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy.

 

For more information visit: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20150522/treating-gum-disease-might-help-prostate-symptoms-study

Hand Grip Could Predict Heart Health

A doctor making the shape of a heart with their hands.   Researchers are considering a simple, low-tech screening test that may predict your risk for death,heart attack or stroke: the strength of your hand. A new study of approximately 140,000 patients ages 35 to 70 from 17 countries indicates that grip strength is a reliable indicator of death from any cause, but particularly heart disease. The findings were published in The Lancet.

“Grip strength could be an easy, inexpensive test to assess an individual’s risk of death and cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Darryl Leong, study author and assistant professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, told Yahoo News.  “Doctors or other health care professionals can measure grip strength to identify patients with major illnesses such as heart failure who are at particularly high risk of dying from their illness.”

Each 11-pound decline in grip strength was linked to a 16 percent increased risk for death from any cause, 17 percent increased risk for cardiovascular death and a 17 percent greater risk for death not associated with heart disease. The findings also suggest a 7 percent increased risk for heart attack and 9 percent increased risk for stroke. Further research is being conducted to determine whether or not improved hand strength could reduce the risk for death or heart disease.

 

For more information visit: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/05/15/hand-grip-could-predict-heart-health

Did you know that some of your medication can deplete your body of vital nutrients?

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Did you know that some of your medication can deplete your body of vital nutrients?
Come talk to us if you have questions or need advice about what supplements you should be taking.
Check out this article for other great tips.

For more information, visit:

http://www.drwhitaker.com/drugs-that-make-a-nutritional-supplement-necessary

Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Feeling a little depressed lately with the shorter days and the cold, winter weather we have been having lately?You have no energy and you don’t want to do anything but stay in bed all day?

This may be because of Seasonal Affective Disorder, better known as SAD.

Independent pharmacies should have the same rights has the national chains.

Independent pharmacies should have the same rights has the national chains.

Currently independent pharmacies are not able to be part of an insurance plan’s preferred network. Sign this petition to help change this!

Thank you for your help.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create-level-playing-field-independent-pharmacies-stop-pbm-harassment-save-small-businesses/XsXYz5Tn

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