Your brain can be a tricky thing. This complex organ begins developing soon after conception and continues into early adulthood. Arguably, the most part of your body, it controls thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, breathing, temperature, hunger, and every process that regulates your body.
For something so powerful, it sure remains mysterious. It can be hard to figure out why our brains do the things they do, but new scientific research is being conducted every day to give us insight into our brains.
As we age, you may start to worry as you find yourself forgetting things. You may find yourself in the kitchen going “Wait, why did I come in here again?”. You may be talking to a loved one on the phone while looking for your phone. You may be looking for your glasses and finding them on top of your head where they have been the entire time.
The most important thing to remember (ha! See what we did there?) is that forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. Just because you are forgetting things, that doesn’t necessary mean that you are showing early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we get older, changes occur in all parts of our bodies, and that includes our brain. It can take longer to learn new things, you can not recall information as quickly as you may have when you were younger, and you may lose things (like those pesky glasses or phones).
That being said, Alzheimer’s Disease is serious, and early detection is key. There are new treatments available that can reduce cognitive or functional decline in people living with early Alzheimer’s. Other treatments can temporarily slow the worsening of symptoms and greatly improve quality of life.