Becoming more forgetful is something we take for granted as we get older, but is it necessarily true? My colleague Dr Shirley Bond in our women’s hormonal health seminars used to address the issue of forgetfulness by reminding our audience that the older we get the more information we have lodged in our memories and that it can just take longer to retrieve it – or it has been misfiled somewhere!
Bioidentical natural progesterone can help with both memory and concentration, key factors in healthy aging, and we do not have to accept that getting older means we necessarily lose cognitive function. In fact it can be the reverse as a recent study at the University of California-San Diego, and recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry seems to show.
We generally seem to accept that ageing is defined by progressive physical, cognitive and psychosocial decline but these researchers have found that for in many people, cognitive skills and quality of life improve steadily even to the end of life. The Successful Ageing Evaluation (SAGE) study included 1,006 elderly residents of San Diego, all of whom completed a 25-minute phone interview and a comprehensive mail-in survey.
As in many other areas, such as physical exercise, the mantra seems to be ‘use it or lose it’ so keep active, maintain your social contacts and tax your brain with regular quizzes, crossword puzzles, crosswords and develop new hobbies and interests to keep you interested and alert all life long.
This article by US writer Virginia Hopkins, also offers you some practical tips to help with menopausal brain fog: