Memory and cognitive issues during ageingAs you age, there are many issues that can adversely impact your memory and cognitive function, including poor communication between brain cells, increased loss of brain cells, oxidative damage, stress, lack of sleep and some medications. So, as you age, what’s considered normal and what’s not?
Normal age-related memory changes
Abnormal age-related memory changes
|Ability to function independently and pursue normal activities, despite occasional memory lapses||Difficulty performing simple tasks (paying bills, dressing appropriately, washing up); forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times|
|Ability to recall and describe incidents of forgetfulness||Unable to recall or describe specific instances where memory loss caused problems|
|May pause to remember directions, but doesn’t get lost in familiar places||Gets lost or disoriented even in familiar places; unable to follow directions|
|Occasional difficulty finding the right word, but no trouble holding a conversation||Words are frequently forgotten, misused, or garbled; repeats phrases and stories in same conversation|
|Judgement and decision-making abilities the same as always||Trouble making choices; may show poor judgement or behave in socially inappropriate ways|
Exercising your brain is important“If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” is especially true when it comes to healthy brain function. Keeping your brain active helps to strengthen neural connections and even create new ones. Exercising your brain is important; continuing to learn new skills ensures that your brain cells continue to grow, keeping them active and helping to protect against cognitive decline.
Supporting cognitive function and memory during ageing naturally
- BacoMind®, a clinically trialled, standardised extract of Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi), has been clinically trialled to support cognitive function, concentration and memory during ageing. Brahmi is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for several thousand years as a brain tonic and to enhance intellect and human studies have shown that Brahmi has a significant beneficial effect on memory when used long term.
- Omega-3essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are important for healthy brain and cognitive function. Omega-3’s are found in high concentrations in the brain and influence the function of brain cell membranes, important for healthy transmission of brain signals. By making cell membranes more fluid, omega-3’s, particularly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), help to improve communication between the brain cells for improved memory, concentration and learning ability. Look for a concentrated omega-3 fish oil for higher levels of DHA.