How can you have a sharp memory if you are above 60 years?
- 6 Mar 2012 by raz_jacob
- 12 Mar 2012
I have often noticed some changes in my Grand Dad's thinking, sometimes he misplace his house keys or have trouble coming up with the right word in conversations.
How do you know when these changes are a "normal" part of getting older, or if they might point to a health problem, such as dementia?
Hello raz jacob. Good question. I'm in my 60's and it worries me a bit. I have a lot of what your grand dad has. Most seniors do. Now your question, how much is it the age creeping up and or could it be say the early stages of Alzheimers. There are tests that are done, to determine if a person is coming down with memory, cognitive levels. As to what can be done, in my case, I enjoy doing crossword puzzles. It keeps and forces my memory banks to concentrate and think. Best regards, have a great day,pledge
I believe plenty of people out here in the community will be having the same health problems and it is quite common with the advancement in age memory loss will be with you.
Regarding, dementia, i believe there are plenty of reasons for the same like smoking, excessive drinking, Family history of dementia, Diabetes etc.
Keeping a healthy diet, regular exercise can be a optimum solution.
raz_jacob, welcome to the site. I am assuming you are new here & must love that granddad an awfully lot. That is very touching. I too have had some problems at around you granddads age with short term memory. It got so bad, that I actually went to a neurologist to see if their might be some alzrheimers going on there, but he did an MRI of my brain & ofcourse found other things going on, but not the memory part so much. He also gave me just some word test. I don't remember specifically, but said certain words or a sentence & then asked me to repeat it back to him. After only faultering one time with a bunch of numbers in a row, he said my memory seemed just fine & that it is just age related,(whew)& the best thing to do is as my friends suggest doing crosswords (that I already have done for years). I found joining this site, & there are many that don't require medical questions & answes , has helped me with my memeory.
Just keeping occupied, as on this site trying to remember who has what & when etc.. has helped me tremendously. Does he use a computer? If not wouldn't that be great for you to teach him?My husband bought a Playstation for our grandkids (well, really for me as they got me hooked on it when they'd come & spend the night they would bring their own) & I'll bet it would help him with his memory to a point. You start a game, pause for hours maybe & have to remember what you did to get to where you are etc... I found it very stimulating & addictive to a point. Wouldn't it be great for the two of you to have a round of golf, or battleing out a war? Bet he would love it too. If he had a Wii, he could get the needed exercise too... Mary
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