Senior moments! If you’re over 50, you’ve had your share. Standing there in front of what’s his name asking how his wife and family are, trying to gain some time and hoping some memory recall will kick in before he realizes you don’t know his name. You worked in the same department with him for years before you retired just two years ago and could even recall where he lived and a story he told you about how he spent one summer in Mexico. But something as simple as his name eludes you. What robs us of these bits of information at certain times only to pop up later when we have no real need for them?
Some types of senior moments even have a name – literal paraphasia. It sounds impressive and kind of softens the blow for displaying a momentary weakness on our part. This condition occurs when we get phonemes (normal sounds) crossed up where they come out different than we intended. “I docked the wog” may come out of your mouth when you meant to say, “I walked the dog”.
Other factors that can contribute to the memory loss aspect of senior moments are:
– Nutritional deficiency. Not enough thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 , and/or protein contributes to
– Chronic disease conditions
– Oxygen deprivation resulting from a severe head trauma, surgery, strokes, or heart attacks.
– Free-radical damage to the blood-brain barrier, a membrane that separates the circulating blood
– Daily exposure to toxic chemicals such as alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.
– Low blood sugar levels
– Low estrogen levels in postmenopausal women (SOURCE)
New research is developing out of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York that has discovered a new target for Alzheimer’s and its effect on memory loss. Free floating pieces of amyloid beta protein called oligomers appear to be attacking the brain, damaging cells and causing memory loss, says Sam Gandy, M.D. of Mount Sinai who published his findings in the Annals of Neurology this last April. The uptick on research and its findings in this area is encouraging. “Several drugs in early stages of development are aimed at oligomer production” according to a recent article in the AARP Bulletin by Elizabeth Agnvall, “but … it will be at least a year before we can expect to see results.”
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