As the years’ pass, you may start to notice those little physical changes that naturally accompany the aging process.
You may find that you have a little less energy. Or maybe it’s more difficult for you to do those hefty physical tasks you use to do with ease.
Perhaps you’ve noticed:
- It’s easier to gain weight, especially around the belly
- You have more aches and pains after physical activity
- You have are stiff after being in a stationary position for too long
From more gray hairs to a reduction in energy, it’s fairly easy to identify these physical changes that pop up as we grow older.
But what about cognitive changes? What happens to your cognitive health as the year’s tick by, and what can be done to stay sharp and focused for the long term?
These questions are all an integral part of your cognitive health, which is essential for your overall wellbeing.
Overall Health and Function of Your Brain
Cognitive health refers to the overall health and function of your brain and how it performs, and your cognitive health plays a huge role in your overall quality of life.
When your cognitive health is compromised, your work, relationships, social life, and physical activity all suffer as a result, and your overall health – both mental and physical – can be affected.
This is why while it’s important to pay attention to your physical health, it’s equally important to monitor your cognitive health as well.
And while virtually everyone can expect some impacts on their cognitive health as part of the natural aging process, some factors make cognitive health problems more likely in some individuals versus others.
Indicators Your Cognitive Health Is at Risk
So how do you know if it’s time for a check-up on your cognitive health? It starts by keeping an eye out for the following indicators that your cognitive health is at risk.
Trouble with short term or long term memory, especially when compared to your memory abilities in the past.
This can include losing or misplacing items more often, or simply being unable to remember past moments that you used to be able to recall easily.
Trouble with focusing on tasks and activities.
Is your mind wandering more often, or are you having difficulty concentrating at work? These could be symptoms of cognitive impairment.
Forgetting words, names, and other details.
You may find that you suddenly have trouble remembering an old friend’s name, or that you struggle to find the right words to convey your thoughts. Issues with language and verbiage are both signs of cognitive health decline.
Changes in mood and increased depression.
Even if you’ve already been diagnosed with a mood disorder in the past, like depression or anxiety, you should always be on the lookout for drastic or even subtle changes in your daily moods.
Perhaps you’ve lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy, or maybe you are just more irritable or pessimistic than normal. Changes in mood, and especially when combined with depression or anxiety, can be signals that there’s an issue with your cognitive health.
Personality changes of any kind.
While an increase in depression and anxiety are typical indicators of cognitive decline, you should note any change in your personality or mood when it comes to your cognitive health.
Perhaps you have broader mood swings or unusual bursts of energy and confidence, followed by a drastic downturn into lethargy. You should examine any significant or even minor personality change. These signs could indicate your cognitive health needs attention.
A general “foggy” feeling.
Sometimes the signs of cognitive impairment are hard to identify, but you just know that something is simply “off.” Maybe you’re a little more tired than normal, or just feel unfocused when it comes to daily tasks that you used to tackle with ease.
Perhaps you struggle more to finish a book or a work project, or just feel like your judgment and problem-solving abilities aren’t up to snuff. Pay attention to these signs! Any change to your brainpower is worth attention and can be a red flag that your cognitive health is at risk.
Lifestyle, genetic, environmental, and other factors.
External factors can also affect your cognitive health, as well. You may want to schedule a consultation and check-up if you have a:
- Family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia
- History with various toxins such as mold, heavy metals, or environmental toxins
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
These external factors may play a role in your mental health, especially as you grow older.
What Can You Do About Your Cognitive Health?
Treating cognitive impairment is never a one-size-fits-all endeavor. And while many patients who are concerned about a decline in their cognitive abilities initially see their family doctor or general practitioner, a better solution is to connect with an expert who can dig deeper to find tailored and personalized solutions.
All too often, general practitioners may simply prescribe an anti-depressant or other mood-altering drugs, and simply utilize trial-and-error steps to find a solution.
But your cognitive health and potential issues are wholly unique and individualized, and your ensuing treatment should be too!
According to Dr. Dale Bredeson, neurologist, and author of the book: The End of Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline starts insidiously and is influenced by several common factors, including:
- Systemic Inflammation
- Insulin sensitivity & blood sugar control
- Environmental toxins
Come to Our New Cognitive Health Clinic
That’s why your best bet is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lamkin and our new Cognitive Health Clinic.
Dr. Lamkin is continuously studying the latest diagnostic methods and treatment options via breakthrough research to provide the best cognitive care possible.
Dr. Lamkin’s approach is in-depth to identify the best possible treatments for your cognitive health.
- Beginning with a comprehensive consultation that includes your medical history
- Followed with ample time to address your questions and concerns
Simply put, the symptoms and contributing factors toward cognitive impairment can vary greatly. And as a result, so can the best possible treatment for each individual.
So reach out to the Lamkin Clinic for your in-depth consultation. And take a big step forward in ensuring you stay sharp and focused for the long term.