As we get older, many of us suffer from degree of memory loss. It may only be a minor nuisance or it could be a major obstacle to life in general. There are a number of factors that can cause memory loss as we age. Researchers believe they may have found a way to restore some age-related memory, but don’t get too excited as the cure needs more research.
Face it, as we get older, many of us have a tendency to forget things. There is a popular saying that says ‘as you get older, memory is the first thing to go and hearing is the second. What?’
The really scary aspect of memory loss is that it can start as early as 40-years of age and possibly younger. My daughter has a rare non-hereditary condition that results in some memory loss and in her case, it started in her early to mid-thirties.
According to one source, there are six main reasons for memory loss:
1- Chronic Stress – Chronic stress generally results in loss of sleep, poor diet and a reduction of physical activity, all of which can have a negative impact on the brain. Chronic stress causes an increase in hormones like cortisol which can have a lasting effect on various parts of the brain.
Many younger people make fun of older people who suffer from memory loss, never realizing that the same may be waiting for them in their future. Perhaps someday, with the help of this research, age-related memory loss will become a forgotten phenomenon.