Aging Effects On Memory

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As we approach old age, memory complications are inclined to increase. There you are at a business function and you see a colleague across the room. As you walk over, you suddenly realize you can't remember the person's name. The chances are you are not developing Alzheimer's disease, even though many people might be of the assumption that you have already contracted it. You are simply experiencing a breakdown associated with the process of memory, a breakdown that many of us begin to experience in our twenties and that tends to get worse as we reach our fifties. At this age, loss of function appears in many animals and it starts with the inception of sexual maturity.
Your brain does not change its general structure or grow whole new set of nerve cells; it is the association between cells that adjust as you learn. Your synapses are strengthened, and cells make additional and stronger association with each other. However, as you approach old age, these synapses starts to weaken, which gradually affect how simply you can retrieve memories.
Researchers have several theories about what's behind this deterioration, but most suspect that aging causes major cell loss in a small area in the frontal lobe of the brain that leads to a decrease in the structure of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is vital to
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The good news is that this doesn't mean that memory loss and dementia are inevitable. While some noted skills do decline with age, generally your memory remains strong and intact for most individuals throughout their seventies. In fact, research has shown that the average seventy year-old performs as well on certain intellectual tests as many twenty year olds, and many individuals in their sixties and seventies score significantly better in verbal intelligence than do younger
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