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i'm 18 young woman, i forget everything down to what i did yesterday, details don't ask can't remember! my mind is more childlike everyday and i feel like i'm going crazy my mind races at times and others it just drifts off..... my boyfriend is noticing it more and more everyday and i'm about to lose him over it what should i do???? HELP do i have dementia??? or what!

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My mother has the same symptom. she is 55 years old. At times she behaves like a 8 year old kid. She speaks words with no meaning. she make funny gestures. she is not willing to do any house hold work. what is this state called ? what is the cure for this ?


You must stay physically active. There are innumerable scientific reports on the benefits of regular cardio and weight training. Regular exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which encourages the growth of new brain cells. Yes, at any age you will still continue to grow new cells, but they must be nourished with oxygenated blood flow. If you’re not into the gym, walking, bicycling, gardening, tai chi and yoga are great alternatives. Exercise lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes which are major risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

If you are serious about anti aging brain health, you must adopt an anti aging diet and follow the anti aging health plan. The will consist of a low fat, low cholesterol diet that is high in antioxidants. Regular medical checkups are critical for anti aging brain health. Early detection of hypertension and diabetes are critical to protecting your brain. There are detailed studies showing a direct correlation with brain function loss and heart disease and dementias.

Stay positive and enjoy life. Be socially active. Get out of the house and interact with people. Go to the movies and discuss the film. Join a book club and discuss the writer. Join a Bible Study Group and discuss your findings. The Center for Brain Health, University of Texas, Dallas calls this integrated reasoning. Zoom out and identify the big picture, zoom in and acquire new knowledge and then zoom out to update using new information. You don’t want to become trapped in your own little world with little social interaction, this is decided unhealthy. Research has also shown that having a positive attitude about aging increases your will to live, keeps you more resilient to illness and more proactive about health issues.

An interesting study by Dr. John Snowdon, Professor of Neurology showed a positive correlation with a positive attitude and mental health called the Nun Study. Researchers gathered long-term data on 600 nuns. The findings were remarkable, 21% of the nuns had lesions and plaques in their brains, yet showed no outward signs of dementia. Lesions and plaques in the brain are key markers of memory disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The study is unique because the nuns all had writings from their 20s and are all now between 75 – 100 years old. The writings were independently analyzed as positive, neutral or negative. The nuns that had a positive writings in their early years, showed a remarkably higher life expectancy. The nuns with a positive attitude lived 40% longer than the nuns with a negative attitude. Although not a conclusive study, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that seems to link positive attitude, anti aging brain health and life expectancy. The evidence also documented that all the nuns remained physically and mentally active throughout their lives.

Mental activity and lifelong learning are key pieces to the anti aging brain health puzzle. As the old adage states, “Use it or lose it!” Don’t let yourself become sedentary or to settle into a boring routine. The National Institutes of Health research shows that cognitive training shows evidence to decrease the risk of cognitive decline. Cognitive training involves multi-level training in areas of memory, attention, visual-spatial, language and executive skills. There is documented scientific evidence that this training can turn back the clock on your brain functions. There are numerous software packages with scientific evidence to show improvement in these areas. If you don’t want to go the software training route solve puzzles (Sudoku, crossword, etc.) or start a new hobby. The key point is staying mentally alert and active. Think young and be young.

Try to eliminate anything you can control that causes stress in your life. Long-term stress, anxiety and depression raise the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. There are limitless methods available to reduce stress, regular exercise, meditation, yoga, repetitive prayer, deep breathing and Tai Chi are just a few of the most popular. Scientific studies show that ongoing high levels of stress will increase the levels of cortisol in your brain. Cortisol has can damage your hippocampus, part of the brain involved in memory, when exposed to elevated levels of cortisol.

Your sleeping habits will also affect your anti aging brain health. Getting a good night’s sleep gives your body time to relax and restore. Common sense tells you that if you don’t get enough sleep you’re going to be more stressed and tired. You will not be functioning at peak levels. A study by Harvard Medical School found that getting a good night’s sleep double the participants ability to solve creative problems.
One last thought, “Laughter is the best medicine.” When you having a good time and laughing your stress levels will be lower and it’s hard to be angry when you’re laughing.
Having fun and laughing makes us feel better. This goes back to being positive, smile more often and spend more time with positive fun loving people.