You know something’s wrong. You know you are experiencing some cognitive decline you’re not as sharp or fast as you used to be.
And you know you’re losing everything from names to phone numbers so fast it feels like there must be a leak… in your BRAIN!
But if you’re like most folks, you NEVER mention it to a doc.
Well, it’s time to break the silence. Time to not only mention your memory loss, but to ask this one critical question:
Can you give me a cognitive test?
I know you’re afraid of bad news – afraid the test will show something worse than a “senior moment.”
But I’m here with some GOOD news for you today.
It’s probably NOT dementia.
It could be something else entirely – something a whole lot easier to treat and beat. But only if you ADMIT something’s wrong, ASK the question, and TAKE action fast.
How to BEAT age-linked memory loss
But almost none of them will test your memory to detect cognitive decline UNLESS you ask.
Since most people don’t ask, just one in seven seniors gets regular cognitive assessments.
That’s a stunningly low number when you look at how common memory loss is.
The same study finds more than half of all seniors are aware of memory problems, but just 15 percent mention it to a doctor.
But let’s NOT blame the patients here.
Docs should be asking – THEY should be offering memory checks at least as often as they check your cholesterol.
But they don’t.
They figure that if the patient doesn’t mention it, cognitive decline probably not an issue – so they never bring it up, either.
That’s downright irresponsible!
They’re supposed to be the experts – and just like they don’t wait for you to ask about your blood pressure before taking e a reading, they shouldn’t wait for you to ask about your memory before testing it.
3 brain boosters to fight cognitive decline
The first lesson out of this new study, then, is DON’T WAIT.
If you have concerns about your memory at your next visit, ask your doc, “Can you give me a cognitive test?” And then get tested to make sure nothing is seriously wrong.
The second lesson is to be proactive.
If the test reveals you have some cognitive decline… or if you already know you’re slipping even without a test… fight back with these three brain-boosters:
- Omega-3 fatty acids can slow aging in the brain
- Spearmint can boost memory by 15 percent
- Rhodiola extract can improve memory, concentration, and energy
And don’t forget the basics: A blend of B6, B12, and folate can slow the dreaded “brain shrink” that comes with age and leads to memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia.
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