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At some point, many of us start to feel it: the reaching for a word, the wondering what we came for when we entered a room. It’s probably not dementia; more likely a severe case of digital overload and multitasking mania.
Yet books and films like Still Alice, in which a Harvard linguistics professor descends into early onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 50, can hit a little too close to home. Who are we if we can’t remember?
Memories, Like the Corners of My Mind…
In Memory and Emotion: The Making of Lasting Memories, memory expert James L. McGaugh of the University of California/Irvine writes: “We are, after all, our memories. Our memory provides us with an autobiographical record and enables us to understand and react appropriately to changing experiences. Memory is the ‘glue’ of our personal existence.”
There are some surprising causes of memory loss, including sleep apnea, vitamin B12 deficiency (which can lead to pernicious anaemia), medications, and urinary tract infections, which can mimic dementia in the elderly. But a lot of it comes down to mental fitness.
What’s a senior to do? Brain training.
How to Train, and Retrain, Your Brain
Just as we join gyms and work with personal trainers to keep our …
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