How many of us experience memory problems and or “fuzzy thinking”? Most likely all of us have noticed at least occasional incidences and some probably notice it more frequently than we are comfortable with. We may worry we are on the road to dementia or worse Alzheimers disease. Thankfully this is usually not the case but probably related to a number of other factors such as stress, multi-tasking, poor or not enough sleep and fluctuating hormones. Our hormones change throughout our lifetime. Examples are puberty, pregnancy, peri-menopause and menopause. Problems with over or under active thyroid can also raise havoc with not only memory but also affect skin, hair, weight and energy level.
We can discuss these issues with our practitioner and they may be able to recommend treatment for hormone imbalances but what about the other factors that may be the cause. These often require lifestyle changes that we are responsible for. Here are some attitudes and actions that can enhance cognitive function.
- Optimism about life in general
- Belief that aging is not guaranteed to ruin one’s thinking ability or quality of life
- Actively pursuing your interests
- Seek mental stimulation
- Be involved in a social network
- Exercise regularly
Know that you are not alone and many of your friends are experiencing the same problems and fears. I encourage you to reach out to family, friends and health care givers that will support and encourage you to find solutions.