Having difficulties remembering birthdays, telephone numbers and even names are situations that can occur in people with whom we live daily and who are not yet considered older adults.
Several people have the idea that only those who are over 65 years old suffer from memory loss, although this is not the case. There are several factors that increase this risk, such as excess alcohol, a head injury or even lack of sleep.
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Aging is another cause and it is estimated that 11% of those over 40 years of age have subjective cognitive impairment, including memory loss. The expert in neurodegenerative diseases, Alma Bueno, told 20 minutes that it is normal that over the years memory is lost as well as some physical abilities. However, this is accompanied by other gains such as synthesis, comprehension and even a greater vocabulary.
The publication also mentioned that the first symptoms can be isolated losses that lead to disorientation, confusion, mistakes in words and even repeating the same thing many times.
The family is the first to notice these changes in the person so that it can be diagnosed by a specialist in case this is due to a disease.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH, for its acronym in English) of the United States that are considered serious problems if the person has difficulties in their daily activities due to forgetfulness, it is there that the doctor must identify if it is a memory problem.
These are the first signs of Alzheimer’s, in a mild stage, when there is still the possibility of slowing down the progress of this disease
At other times there are some people who have a mild cognitive impairment that leads to memory or thinking problems compared to others their age and can mean the early onset of Alzheimer’s.
Faced with these situations, it is important that you maintain activities where the mind is required, such as reading, writing, mathematical exercises, as well as performing physical exercises and having an adequate diet, yes, without forgetting to sleep enough hours.
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