One of our greatest fears of aging is memory loss.  Each day one becomes more agitated and the excessive stress increases the index of Alzheimer’s in this country.  Now this disease affects 15% of people over age 65 years.

Alzheimer’s was identified by a German neurologist in 1907.  This degenerative disease is characterized by mental deterioration that interferes with a person’s ability to work and socialize.  Memory and abstract thought are lost, and the person suffers mood and personality changes, spatial and time disorientation and an inability to concentration and communicate.  However, Alzheimer’s is not limited to people with advanced age.  Cases of patients with 35 years have been reported from the concentration camps during the second world war.

One of the main risk factors for Alzheimer’s is stress.  However, a little stress during short periods of time is healthy, as it excites us, improves our creativity and liberates adrenaline.

However, constant stress generates an exaggerated and chronic production of cortisol, a hormone that inhibits the utilization of sugar in the blood.  Without sugar, the hypocampo does not have energy and cannot record memories.  For this reason, stressed people often lose their short-term memory.  Additionally, excessive cortisol reduces the quantity of neurotransmitters and neurons cannot communicate with each other, losing all cerebral functions.

As a result, the key is to maintaining cerebral health is to maintain moderate and healthy stress levels. 

Chronic stress, on the other hand, tends to provoke states of inability, depression and anxiety.  And it can generate lost pleasure in activities that are normally enjoyable.

There are two basic methods to control stress:
1. Put yourself in charge of stress factors.
Make a written list of objectives you need to accomplish. 
Prioritize them.
Establish realistic timelines to achieve each objective.
Understand that we can’t always control everything around us.

2. Destroy stress through relaxing activity. 
Don’t be afraid of expressing your needs and desires. 
Verbally relieve your emotions, speaking or crying if necessary. 
Displace stress with something positive. 
Look for a form of social support that helps you liberate stress.

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