Struggling with Forgetfulness!
Published on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 4:52 pm and is filed under Memory Training
Everyone can forget something. Sometimes this leads to funny or uncomfortable situations. Forgetting is a property inherent in the nature of man. No matter how old you are 6 or 86, you can lose a book, forget the house keys, or suffer, trying to remember someone’s name.
It is generally accepted that with age memory is deteriorating. Research has shown that 80% of people aged 35 and older have at least sometimes, difficulty with memory or concentration. By 45 years 56% recognize that have often forgotten different things, and 45% have difficulty remembering familiar names.
But, despite the fact that in most cases memory with age is deteriorating, it does not mean joining Leap in senile insanity.
Except in cases of serious neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, age-related memory loss is usually not severe. For example, at 20 years you could remember the just read all seven digits of a phone number. At 60 you’ll remember just six. It doesn’t look to be a catastrophic deterioration.
Memory is not perfect at any age, and it deteriorates with age only in small degree. At the same time the amount of memory, say, the words and general knowledge of a lifetime usually only grows. Therefore it can not be said that to old age in mind there is little left. Of course, in old age, you will spend more effort to memorize or remember anything, but you will still be able to achieve the same result as people younger than you.
Changes in brain
While most of us do not face an offensive senile, yet the brain is exposed to age, although not so radical. People, topping 45, begin to spend more time trying to remember something or to understand new information.
Seniors can still learn, but more slowly than younger patients. Neuroscientists explain this with certain age-related changes of the brain that prevent concentration of attention and memory of recent events, such as what happened yesterday at dinner. However, what was remembered a long time ago remains in memory for the relative safety.
Scientists pay special attention to studies of the hippocampus in connection with its role in the mechanism of memory. The hippocampus is one of those brain structures in which old age strikes hardest. Perhaps this is due to its high oxygen demand, because the elderly heart supplies blood to the brain not like before, so hippocampus lacks oxygen and nutrients, which leads to its damage.
But even if such changes that are occurring in the brain, it can be held partly responsible for the deterioration of memory, still in the normal aging process, they are expressed to a lesser degree. Yes, with age, the brain and spinal cord decreases in size, but we can deal with these changes, if we comprehend that they are a normal part of the normal aging process.