“Early Death” and Why The Battle Is Personal

I miss my dad.  He was a great man who, at the age of 82, died too early.  He had a difficult childhood, to say the least, and that probably had something to do with it. Growing up during the Great Depression, Dad was forced to leave school after the 8th grade; he was needed at home to help provide for the family. His mom, a single mother, had several hungry mouths to feed. It was an era when finding enough food each day was a challenge. Circumstances demanded hard work just to survive.

That upbringing helped create a determined, strong, and capable man.  Forged by his early experiences, he became successful, truly “self-made,” even achieving his life-long dream of being a rancher—with his own land, cattle, and thoroughbred horses. His strength, independence, and apparent invincibility were things I always admired.  But, to my dismay, I was to learn that Dad wasn’t invincible…

Maximizing Our Memory: Part 3 – Memory and Aging

Brain Shrinkage with Aging and Associated Memory Loss

Mental function, unfortunately, does deteriorate with age and is associated with the unpleasant reality of “brain shrinkage”.  Brain scans confirm that the brain normally shrinks 0.5% per year.

We now believe that the decline in mental function is a very long-term process, over at least 20-30 years.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, and exercising regularly, while avoiding obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are believed to be very important.  We now know that memory decline begins at least in our 40’s and perhaps much younger.