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Baby Boomer’s Lament?

Posted Oct 23 2008 9:03pm

Now where did I put my glasses? I know I had them when I sat down...

According to Daniel L. Schacter in his book, The Seven Sins of Memory, aging boomers are grumbling in record numbers about forgetting things.

Laboratory studies show that this is a problem, but declines in memory are not particularly large. In other words, older adults generally recall about 10 to 15 percent less that younger ones. And there is tremendous variances among older adults the degrees of memory loss.

Why do some older adults continue to show good memories even compared to younger people? Science hasn’t yet documented the reasons, other than the fact that those people with higher educations appear to retain memory capabilities longer.

The reasoning behind this is that the more education, the more growth of neurons; the more neurons, the longer it will take for deficits to show up.

I think in the end, science will show that those with healthier aging brains and good memories also have healthier diet and exercise habits as well.

Memory is a manifestation of the brain's neurological power; it's our mental muscles. When you see a person with well-defined biceps, there's usually a reason: either they lift weights, play tennis or do some other physical exercise. A good memory means a healthy brain that is well-nourished and well-used or exercised.

It wouldn’t surprise me that they eventually prove that memory is related to the degree of healthiness found in brain cells. Your memory depends on how well nourished and protected your brain cells are. This can only occur with good diet, generally good physical health, supplements of the right kinds of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as mental stimulation.

It just makes sense, doesn’t it?

You can do a lot to help keep your memory in good condition. Use it or lose it.

How will you exercise your brain today?

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