What is Age-related memory decline?

Sometimes they forget their keys or glasses at new places while talking or reading newspapers.
 
 
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As people get old, there are several changes that happen in their bodies, brain, and mind. For example, some people may take a lot of time to learn new things or adjust to new changes in their life. Sometimes they also don't process the important information well as they used to do during their young or middle age. Sometimes they forget their keys or glasses at new places while talking or reading newspapers.

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As our memory keeps changing with our age, age-related memory decline is like a memory loss that can be one sign of dementia. Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning abilities. Some types of memory decline may happen subtly without affecting our daily life activities while some changes in memory will be faster than expected. These changes go unnoticed unless it is spotted by someone else or close family members. 

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An aged woman forgetting to fill her Form 15 H during the pandemic years, can be a sign that she is aging and needs a support system to remind her about her bank-related duties. An aged man forgetting to switch off the gas after he has done preparing a coffee can be a sign that he is either too stressed or has developed the habit of forgetfulness.

Age-related memory decline has become common even among youngsters nowadays. Like when they used to be children, they would recite the numbers and alphabets or poems instantly but as they are growing up, they are unable to memorize the information as it is. This put them in trouble thus affecting their marks or grades in the exams. In order to have good memory power, people should practice some skills and stick to a routine. For example, learning a new skill that is close to their heart will help a person have good brain development thus aiding in the memory process.

Following a regular routine of sleeping, getting up, having breakfast, bathing, reading newspapers, or watching TV can help elderly people not develop memory-related illnesses. Also, nowadays task managers have come in handy, people who have the habit of forgetfulness can also make use of them. Calendars and notes can help people remember important dates, birthdays, anniversaries of themselves, and even that of others. 

Placing things where they are always will also help people to locate things. Like keeping handkerchiefs in the showcase, keeping keys in the wallet, keeping office or handbags in the cupboard, keeping utensils in their respective places, etc. can help people get habituated to accessing them and thus reduce memory loss or forgetfulness.

Doing yoga, listening to and watching positive thinking serials or movies, interacting with loved ones in a relaxing and calm tone, promoting mental health by practicing meditation, and promoting fitness by walking or exercising, all are small steps in helping to lead a well-balanced life. These routine activities or daily chores have a long effect on the brain and mind thus, helping to reduce the negative effects of age-related memory decline among men and women.