I’m in trouble

Okay, this is the kind of story that puts me in a panic:

Senior moments, such as forgetting a recent conversation, may be a sign of the process that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests.

US scientists examined the brains of 134 older people who had appeared mentally sharp, apart from some subtle forgetfulness.

They found more than a third were riddled with the protein clumps associated with Alzheimer’s.

The study is published in the journal Neurology.

Scientists are trying to identify the earliest point in the process that leads to Alzheimer’s, as it is thought that treatment is most likely to be effective if it is given at the earliest possible stage.

Most people had assumed that minor episodes of forgetfulness are nothing to worry about.

The researchers found the brains of people in the study showed levels of deterioration similar to those found in patients with severe Alzheimer’s.

I’m not yet a senior, but I definitely have my moments.  It’s just that, sitting here right now, I can’t quite remember how many moments I have, or when my last one took place.  I’d check my calendar for that info, if I could remember where I put it.

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  • http://beckyworks.wordpress.com Becky

    I wouldn’t panic. I’m 51, and I have heard a lot of people my age and older excuse such a moment with “Sorry, my discs are full.” Really, that makes sense to me. The computer runs a lot slower with the CPU at 98%.

    Or how about this. Memory is like a filing cabinet. When you are young there aren’t many files, so you can get to the info you want easily. But after a while, the files and the drawers get full, so it takes you longer to get to what you want.

    You are blogging. And thinking. That’s good at any age.

  • Zhombre

    Don’t worry until a study links memory loss and brain damage with blogging.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    Memory loss is like muscle loss. If you don’t practice memory neumonics, then your brain has a higher chance to “go to fat”.

    Exercising probably helps, as it keeps the oxygen clean. Free radicals you know.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    My Mom is 84 and has her marbles….despite the fact that both her parents lost theirs. Relatively late, but they lost them. Mom has been having senior moments for three decades, and given the family history was in major panic….she talked of doing away with herself at times. And before you suggest a psychiatrist, she IS one! :-) True.

    Anyhow, I’ve been having them since college, at least. The worst was during my comprehensives in grad school. Some simple question and my mind went blank….I should have had the smarts to admit as much, but could not – just stumbled around the point for a while, feeling worse and worse, and remembering less and less. Stress hormones will do that to you!

    Told my major prof afterward, and he said – “Nervous? Really? You seemed cool as a cucumber….” Anyhow, it still happens – I’ve learned to compensate a LOT better, and I’m not so nervous about it since I know that if I back a fill a little, it will come to me. This happens regularly in front of a class, and I just say that I’ve drawn a blank for the moment, fill in what I can and it generally arrives….if not, the students know they’re not the only ones!

    Play scrabble. Play other board games. Read. Crochet. Watch TV less. Drink up to four cups of coffee each day. Then, forget about it….all that worrying does is make what time you have left less joyful.

    God bless.