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Memory loss: When to seek help

May 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
With kids, work, bills and other obligations, it's hard to stay focused. If you feel like you're forgetting a lot of things experts say you are not alone.Studies show stress triggers hormones that shrink away memory cells.

It's quite common, but doctors say they can usually distinguish between occasional memory lapses and something more serious like dementia or Alzheimer's.

"It's when their relatives or their significant other says you know you're being really forgetful. That's a red flag to us that it probably is a problem. When it's benign the person themselves who is being forgetful is usually their own worse critic," said Dr. Michael Batipps.

Neurologists recommend these proven tips to keep your memory sharp: stay active. It improves circulation which is good for blood vessels in the brain, get a good night's sleep, socialize with friends and challenge your mind with puzzles and games.


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