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
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.
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 failure.
Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler
Super Prescription #1 Acetyl L-Carnitine - LifeSource Product
Take 1500 mg per day to delay onset of ARCD and improve overall cognitive function.
Super Prescription #2 Ginkgo Biloba - LifeSource Products
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 Vitamin B12 - LifeSource Products
Supplementation with Vitamin B12 may improve cognitive function in elderly people who have been diagnosed with a B12 deficiency.
Super Prescription #4 Melatonin – LifeSource Product
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.
Super Prescription #5 Vitamin C - LifeSource Products - See All of our Vitamin
Vitamin C has been associated with better cognitive function and reduced risk of certain forms of dementia (not including Alzheimer's).
Super Prescription # 6 Vitamin E - LifeSource Product
Vitamin E has been associated with improved cognitive function and reduced risk of Alzheimer's in clinical trials.
Super Prescription #7 Vitamin B Complex - LifeSource Products – See All of our Vitamin B
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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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
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods high in saturated fat, additives, and
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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