Having a “senior moment” has become a cliché people use when they temporarily forget something. If you experience frequent "senior moments", you may get concerned that your forgetfulness will lead to dementia. Although age-related forgetfulness may increase as you age, it does not always lead to dementia.
There is a big difference in the two conditions. For example, forgetfulness is when you do not remember where you put your keys. Dementia is when you have the keys in your hand and do not know what they are or what they are used for.
Although studies on forgetfulness and dementia have not been definitive, most results indicate that keeping your mind active will slow or prevent forgetfulness and dementia. Researchers have found a definite link between training your mind and keeping it active and decreasing the forgetfulness process. Here are a few things for you to try.
- Challenge yourself by learning new things. Learn to play a musical instrument or learn a foreign language. Learn how to dance or sign up for water color or oil painting lessons.
- Enroll in a college or community college to take a class and learn a new subject. There are now a multitude of free online courses you can take.
- Spend time on crossword puzzles and other types of written puzzles like sudoku.
- Play word games like Scrabble, cards with a group or board games in general.
- Read. Whatever interests you. Keep reading.
- Journaling daily where you write about anything that is on your mind.
- Using your non-dominant hand for eating, brushing your teeth or other similar activities. This actually appears to create new brain cells.
- Get enough exercise. This increases blood flow to the brain and even stimulates the growth of new brain cells.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Take supplements of vitamins B6, B12, C, E and folate.