Surveys reveal that the greatest fear among older people is not cancer, heart disease, or even death, but rather dementia. Losing our memories and the ability to reason and relate to others is losing the essence of our selves.
The older we get, the more frequent mental lapses become—and the more alarming they may be. The good news is that most memory lapses in the 50+ age group are not signs of impending Alzheimer’s disease. They are what the National Institute of Mental Health calls “age-associated memory impairment.” And fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to stave these memory lapses off and improve your cognitive function.
At Whitaker Wellness, we first look for and treat reversible causes of memory loss. These include nutritional deficiencies; diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions; and a long list of prescription and over-the-counter medications that adversely affect brain function.
We also help our patients adopt lifestyle changes that enhance memory and concentration. For example, a proper diet that normalizes blood sugar levels ensures your brain is optimally energized, and regular exercise increases blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain.
Other therapies that have been clinically proven to enhance brain recovery and boost memory include nutritional supplements such as fish oil and curcumin, “smart pills,” hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and neurofeedback. No one can turn back the clock or reverse Alzheimer’s disease, but these modalities can enhance your concentration, attention, memory, and mental edge—regardless of your age.
Speak with a friendly Patient Services Representative to learn more about the Whitaker Brain Recovery Program.