Menopause and Memory Loss – Stop Scaring Yourself About Having Alzheimer’s

by Laura Ramirez on July 21, 2011

Menopause and memory loss is a common phenomenon among women in their mid-thirties to sixties. Jokes about forgetfulness go hand-in-hand with old age, memory loss and the inability to focus on tasks at hand have become quiet causes of anxiety and distress among peri menopausal and menopausal women. Knowing what causes it is a great first step to dealing with it in an effective and efficient manner, as illustrated by the five points below.

  • Do not be so quick to assume that you have Alzheimer’s disease. If you find yourself grasping for the right word that is at the tip of your tongue or unable to properly spell something when you were previously good at spelling, avoid immediately attributing these events to Alzheimer’s. The most probable cause of menopause and memory loss is the steady decline of hormone levels. Estrogen plays a special role in brain processes, mood, language, and cognitive functions. The onset of menopause affects how estrogen stimulates the brain’s neurotransmitters, hence the short term memory lapses or the trouble getting the precise word to describe something. To eliminate the possibility of Alzheimer’s, check the severity of forgetfulness and memory gaps you experience. For example, it is typically fine to forget the name of a person you were briefly introduced to a few days prior. Getting lost on the way to the supermarket a few streets away or elsewhere that you regularly frequent, however, might warrant a medical check up.
  • Have a thorough medical examination with your doctor to rule out other possible causes of memory loss. You can rule out the sort of memory problems which aren’t part of normal aging by consulting your doctor for a thorough exam. Together, you can detect the possibilities of other medical conditions that cause forgetfulness, and which cannot be attributed to menopause and memory loss. Some incidents which could alert you that you may be dealing with Alzheimer’s or other neurological dysfunctions include getting lost on the way to a familiar place, repeating stories or phrases in a span of a few hours, having trouble learning or understanding simple instructions, or forgetting the steps to things you have regularly done so many times before.
  • Decide on the best treatment to address memory loss and other menopause symptoms for you. Once you have crossed out Alzheimer’s and other conditions as the cause of cognitive lapses, concentrate on how to properly address menopause and memory loss, as well as its accompanying symptoms. This should be discussed after a thorough medical history taking with your doctor to avoid health risks and contraindications. This is especially true with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as it has been proven to be the cause of certain types of cancer. There are also natural remedies which are available, but they still require proper researching prior to taking them.
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    Menopause and memory loss do not necessarily mean Alzheimer's later on in life.

    Drop bad and harmful habits and adopt healthy, stress-free ones instead. The best way to address menopause and memory loss is to quit doing damaging things to your brain and cognitive functions. Smoking, excessive alcohol drinking, staying up late at night, and being in stressful situations can all contribute to memory lapses and gaps. Instead, adopt healthy lifestyle choices such as a sensible diet rich in brain-boosting food (ones with Omega-3 fatty acid found in deep sea fish), plenty of colorful berries, nuts, legumes, and soy. These not only help alleviate potential mental hiccups caused by hormonal decline, but also address other common menopause symptoms. A good way to improve memory and self-awareness is by learning to meditate. The relaxation created by meditation can also relieve other menopause symptoms that are exacerbated by stress. Best of all what most people do not realize is that meditation can actually change your brain, making you less susceptible to stress and the curve balls that life throws us.

  • Keep your brain sharp and alert with simple exercises. Stressful situations can bring about both an adrenaline rush and the hormone cortisol. While adrenaline can make you feel alert, cortisol has a way of blocking memories from being stored properly. Constant stress, therefore, contributes to menopause and memory loss in a major way. Learn to steer clear of them, and get yourself involved in calming activities such as yoga, light cardio exercises, and in brain-boosting ones like crossword puzzles and small community classes.

Share stories and tips about how menopause and memory loss have affected you. Funny stories, serious stories, whatever you want to share. Let’s create a fun, inspiring resource for mature women around the world.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez

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