Women in their menopausal years may complain of feeling like they are “losing it.” Though there is no proven link between menopause and serious memory dysfunction, to many women, this phenomenon is still very real.
“The memory problems that come with normal aging have to do with processing, or the speed in which things come to you,” says Charles Breish, MD, geriatrician at Lankenau Medical Center.
“For instance, it may take more time to recall a person’s name or recent event," he says. "Pathologic memory problems, on the other hand, interfere with your ability to do routine tasks like balancing your check book or answering the phone.”
How can you keep your mind sharp? “Activity that helps you stay stimulated will help your memory,” Dr. Breish says.
Try the following activities to exercise your brain:
• Doing a crossword puzzle
• Writing an essay
• Spending time with friends and family
Memory Disorders & Prevention
Learn more about memory loss and aging in the latest Menopause and You article, "Memory Disorders & Prevention” or visit the program's Virtual Library for more menopause resources. Menopause and You is part of Women’s Health Source to help women cope with the challenges.