from the urls-we-dig-up dept
If you’re only a couple decades old, you probably haven’t experienced too many problems with your memory. But if you’re more than a few decades old, you might have started to get “senior moments” as some call them — where you forget why you went upstairs to your bedroom as soon as you get there, or you can’t remember your ATM PIN, or the name of that guy is just on the tip of your tongue but you can’t seem to recall it. These could be early signs of more serious memory loss, but the medical science is only just about to start really understanding how memory and aging works. Here are some links you might want to check out (and bookmark so you don’t forget them).
- Resveratrol has been associated with a lot of benefits related to minimizing the effects of aging. It’s not a cure yet — or even an approved drug — but a study with aging rats shows that it could help improve cognitive functions and memory. [url]
- There are some people who are “SuperAgers” — people over 80yo who have the memory capabilities of those decades younger. Researchers are studying these SuperAgers and comparing their brain images to those of other seniors. They’ve found some significant differences which could lead to a better understanding of how these SuperAgers retain their cognitive abilities. [url]
- People with an AB blood type are more at risk for cognitive problems as they age. Fortunately, this isn’t a common blood type, but if you’ve got it, there’s not much comfort in this correlation. [url]
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