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Do You Suffer From Memory Loss?

Do You Suffer From Memory Loss?

Since its inception as a field of rational scientific study, medicine has accepted the degeneration of brain function in elderly people as a natural occurrence. This deterioration was thoroughly documented with “hard” findings–as we age, our brains shrink, grow lighter, and lose millions of neurons every year.

We have our full complement of neurons by age 2, and by age 30, the number starts to decline. The loss of any single brain cell is permanent, since neurons do not regenerate. On the basis of this well-known fact, brain decline seemed to be scientifically valid; sadly but inevitably, to grow old must lead to memory loss, decreased reasoning ability, impaired intelligence, and related symptoms.

These time-honored assumptions, however, have now been shown to be wrong. Careful study of healthy elderly people – as opposed to the sick, hospitalized ones whom medicine habitually studies–has revealed that 80 percent of healthy Americans, barring psychological distress (such as loneliness, depression, or lack of outside stimulation), suffer no significant memory loss as they age.

The ability to retain new information can decline, which is why old people forget phone numbers, names, and the reason for walking into a room; but the ability to remember past events, called long-term memory, actually improves.

In tests where 70-year-olds were matched with 20-year-olds, the older people performed better than the younger in this area of memory. After they practiced the other kind of memory–called short-term memory–for a few minutes every day, the older group could almost match the younger subjects, who were at their prime of mental functioning.

The secret, as with almost every other “natural” decline in old age, depends on habits of mind, not the circuitry in the nervous system.

Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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12:35PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Good article, luckily I have a good memory......so far

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3:23AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thank you :)

4:56PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

A OK

8:38AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Interesting, thank you for sharing.

8:23AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

...Do I WHAT...???

4:36AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

No, I don't.

2:55AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Ummmm can't quite remember.

1:59AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thanks

1:58AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

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