Age Related Cognitive Decline
A decline in memory and cognitive (thinking) function is considered by many
authorities to be a normal consequence of aging. While age-related
cognitive decline (ARCD) is therefore not considered a disease, authorities
differ on whether ARCD is in part related to Alzheimer's disease and other
forms of dementia, or whether it is a distinct entity. People with ARCD
experience deterioration in memory and learning, attention and
concentration, thinking, use of language, and other mental functions.
ARCD usually occurs gradually. Sudden cognitive decline is not a part of
normal aging. When people develop an illness such as Alzheimer's disease,
mental deterioration usually happens quickly. In contrast, cognitive
performance in elderly adults normally remains stable over many years, with
only slight declines in short-term memory and reaction times.
People sometimes believe they are having memory problems when there are no
actual decreases in memory performance. Therefore, assessment of cognitive
function requires specialized professional evaluation. Psychologists and
psychiatrists employ sophisticated cognitive testing methods to detect and
accurately measure the severity of cognitive decline. A qualified health
professional should be consulted if memory impairment is suspected. Some
older people have greater memory and cognitive difficulties than do those
undergoing normal aging, but there symptoms are not so severe as to justify
a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease; others do not. Authorities have
suggested several terms for this middle category, including "mild cognitive
impairment" and "mild neurocognitive disorder". Risk factors for ARCD
include advancing age, female gender, prior heart attack, and heart
Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Prescription for Natural Cures
James F. Balch
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Take 1500 mg per day to delay onset of ARCD and improve
overall cognitive function.
Super Prescription #2
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Studies have shown ginkgo biloba to be a safe and
effective treatment for ARCD. It improves minor memory
loss. Take a recommended dose of 120 - 240 mg per day.
Super Prescription #3
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Supplementation with Vitamin B12 may improve cognitive
function in elderly people who have been diagnosed with
a B12 deficiency.
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Cognitive function is linked to adequate sleep and
normal sleep-wake cycles. Taking melatonin helps
regulate sleep cycles. Take 6 mg two hours before
bedtime to improve sleep, mood, and memory.
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Vitamin C has been associated with better cognitive
function and reduced risk of certain forms of dementia
(not including Alzheimer's).
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Vitamin E has been associated with improved cognitive
function and reduced risk of Alzheimer's in clinical
Super Prescription #7
Vitamin B Complex
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Vitamin B Products.
Many older people are Vitamin B6 deficient. Take 2 mg
of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) per day. Taking 20 mg per
day may improve long-term memory.
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studies for Age Related Cognitive Decline
People with ARCD experience:
- Deterioration in memory and learning
- Deterioration in attention and concentration
- Deterioration in thinking
- Deterioration in use of language
- Deterioration in other mental functions
In the elderly population of southern Italy, which eats a typical
Mediterranean diet, high intake of monounsaturated fatty acids (e.g. olive
oil) has been associated with protection against ARCD in preliminary
studies. Caffeine may improve cognitive performance. Diets high in
antioxidant-rich foods, such as spinach and strawberries, may be beneficial
in slowing ARCD. Higher vitamin C and beta-carotene levels in the blood
have been associated with better memory performance. Eat foods rich in
these nutrients, such as citrus fruits, red peppers, Brussels sprouts, dark
green and orange-yellow vegetables.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods high in saturated fat, additives, and preservatives.
A large preliminary study in 1998 found associations between hypertension
and deterioration in mental function. Controlling blood pressure may be
helpful in preventing ARCD. Exercise has beneficial effects on
physiological and cognitive functioning, and well-being in older people.
Going for walks may be enough to modify the usual age-related decline in
reaction time. Psychological counseling and training to improve memory have
produced improvements in cognitive function in persons with ARCD.
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