BOOST YOUR BRAINPOWER
Sharpen your cognitive health no matter what your age.
by Joan Teotico
You’ve just been introduced to seven people at a party but your memory fogs. Several passwords later, you fail to log in to your email and social media sites. Does forgetfulness mean your brain health has gone poor?
“It depends on the relative frequency and degree of forgetfulness. Age-related cognitive decline or memory impairment is more obviously seen in persons as they reach age 60. The occasional forgetfulness is accepted as normal part of aging process,” explains Alejandro Diaz, M.D., F.P.N.A., consultant in St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City’s Institute for Neurosciences and an associate professor at UST.
Doing several tasks simultaneously may also impact our memory and concentration. “People nowadays are too busy—doing two or more tasks at the same time. Thus, attention is divided retaining only one task done,” says Maria Annette De Guzman-Bautista, M.D., current president of the Philippine Neurological Association. If you can’t remember where you placed your car keys because you were talking over the phone, reconsider before you talk to someone on the phone while replying to emails.
Factors in forgetting
According to both experts, there are modifiable and non-modifiable factors that contribute to mental decline and memory loss. The latter factors are: