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Memory Lapse or ?Senior Moment??

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?Many people experience memory lapses.??When they occur as part of the aging process, they are often referred to as??Senior Moments?.? Even experienced public speakers have moments when a word or term they use daily simply refuses to come to mind. But while frustrated, they don?t necessarily attribute the lapse to? Alzheimer’s or some other brain disorder. Experts say that if your lapses aren’t disrupting your life, there’s nothing to worry about. The key issue is whether those memory lapses significantly interfere with your daily activities. If that’s happening, you should consult your doctor. ?Even then,?most lapses?are due to treatable causes like??chronic stress, depression,?vitamin B12 deficiency,? sleep disorders, infections? and side?effects from?prescription drugs.

People who exercise, stay mentally active, socialize regularly and eat a healthy diet, can minimize memory loss.? The best thing you can do to keep your brain in shape is to take a brisk walks.? Walking for as little as two-and-a-half hours a week can significantly improve memory.??? One year of walking three times a week can increase the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that controls memory.

Researchers have also found that older women who started a once-a-week?weight?lifting program (bicep curls, leg lifts, squats, etc.)? showed?more? improvement in mental focus, decision making?and?conflict?resolution, then those who?only performed?balance and toning exercises. The once-a-week group found it easier to maintain?their exercise program then the twice-a-week group.?? While exercising more often?can?be more beneficial,?ultimately the best exercise program is one that you perform consistently.

Exercise, both physical and mental, is the key to maintaining wellness throughout one’s?life.??Physical?and mental health often declines more rapidly due to??inactivity?not aging.

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