Maintaining Memory during Menopause & Andropause

Written by Dr. Sima Aidun, N.M.D.

Dr. Sima Aidun is a nationally recognized expert in personalized genetic medicine and a pioneer of the field in Arizona. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree with High Academic Achievement from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 2003 and was the recipient of the Daphne Blayden Award. She is certified in Advanced Protocols and New Findings in Nutrigenomic Analysis and Treatment; New Genetic Findings and Enhanced Nutrigenomic Protocols; Nutrigenomic Testing for Inflammation/Auto-Immune | Neurological/Mood Disorders | Methylation/Mitochondria | Women's Health; and Nutrigenomics for Diet and Wellness, Microsampling and Pharmacogenomics.

Everyone can be a little forgetful from time to time, but if you’re coping with the symptoms of menopause or andropause in Scottsdale, you may be worried about the memory problems that often come with getting older. Losing your memory can be a scary thing, and while forgetting where you put your car keys is by no means a surefire sign of dementia, it’s important to take the problem of memory loss seriously and adopt strategies that help you stay retentive for your whole life.

Like any other symptom of menopause or andropause, anti-aging therapy can help you cope with the underlying issues of memory loss, but there are also many things you can do on your own to fight back against dementia, like:

  • Clearing the clutter. It doesn’t matter how good your memory is—when your surroundings are a disaster, remembering where you put things will be difficult. Do your best to minimize clutter and reorganize your space in a sensible way. Set a specific spot for important items like your keys and wallet and use a planner, notebook or scheduling application on your phone to keep up with tasks and appointments.
  • Staying social. Loneliness can lead to stress and depression, and both of these can make memory problems worse. Spending time with friends and at social events will keep you active, engaged and supported, so don’t let yourself become isolated.
  • Engaging your mind. Imagine your brain as a muscle: without frequent stimulation, it will lose its strength. To maintain your memory, it’s important to consistently provide your mind with new challenges. Read often, solve puzzles, visit new places, play an instrument, take up a hobby—anything that occupies your mind can help.
  • Engaging your body. We often think of our bodies and minds as separate entities, but the two are inextricably linked. Physical activity will improve the flow of blood through your entire body—brain included—and this can have a positive impact on your memory. Though it’s important to check with your doctor before engaging in new exercises to be sure they’re appropriate for you, two and a half hours of moderate activity each week is often a good goal for healthy adults.

Memory loss may be a common concern as we get older, but dementia doesn’t have to be inevitable. Speak with Dr. Aidun for more advice on coping with memory loss and other symptoms of menopause and andropause in Scottsdale.

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