Who hasn’t had a “senior moment” or experienced a brain burp no matter their age?
But as you add more candles to your cake forgetting to pick up the milk, misplacing your keys or losing the car in the mall parking lot can go from annoying to frightening.
You start to wonder if these are the first signs of dementia.
If you’ve tried talking to your doctor about your concerns, he might have told you you’re fine. Maybe he’s even given you some tests to “prove” it.
Friends and family may insist you’re as sharp as you’ve ever been too. But even if they’re right, it’s natural to be a bit concerned about your memory as you age.
Besides, the truth is you know yourself better than anyone else ever could.
And if YOU believe there’s a real problem brewing… if you feel like your memory slips are more than just run of the mill senior moments… chances are you’re right.
YOU may be able to spot dementia before your doc!
A study published in the journal Neurology revealed that folks who find their memory lapses disturbing enough to complain about them are far more likely to be diagnosed with cognitive decline or dementia later in life.
And that’s regardless of what their doctor, friends or family had to say about it
Researcher Allison R. Kaup of the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco says we don’t know exactly why some folks who do perfectly fine on memory tests still feel concerned about their memories.
But the results of this research make it perfectly clear we should be listening to them.
If you’re concerned about your own memory you can give yourself the same 10- second memory test that over 1,100 women over 65 were given in the study.
Ask yourself if you feel you have more problems with memory that most others do.
That’s it. In fact, it may take even less than 10 seconds.
Over the 18 year study the ladies who answered “yes” were a stunning 70 percent more likely to be diagnosed with memory issues than those who were comfortable saying “no.”
Don’t panic over simple senior moments
Remember, we ALL experience little brain vacations from time to time, especially when we’re really busy or stressed.
But if you answered yes — if you feel like your lapses are staring to have subtle effects on your life — then it’s time to do something about it.
First things first… DON’T panic!
Just because you’re having some mild memory concerns you don’t need to assume you’re facing a future of fading memories. The fact is you not only can slow memory loss down to a standstill so you never have to experience the heartbreak of dementia, you can also reverse it!
And you can get started today with your diet.
Beef up your brain with the anti-dementia diet
As we age, our brains naturally shrink a bit. But too fast a shrink can lead to cognitive decline, dementia and even Alzheimer’s.
But making a switch to the way you eat can put the brakes on brain shrink. Adopt the brain-friendly Mediterranean diet starting today.
Packed with nutrients and good fats your brain loves, the Mediterranean diet can give you a heftier brain with more vital grey and white matter.
Add in some extra fish oil, B vitamins and resveratrol and you could end up with the beefiest brain on the block.