The power of memory

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 19, 2015

On a weekly basis, I misplace numerous personal items, including my keys, credit cards or my purse, which results in me spending half an hour searching my apartment for the lost items. On a daily basis, I have to write my to-do lists down on millions of sticky notes in order to remember everything that I have to do in the day, but sometimes, I end up misplacing those sticky notes as well.

Recently, a Mayo Clinic study found that a man’s memory is worse than a woman’s. In the study, researchers observed 1,246 participants between the ages of 30 and 95 and found that memory started to decline for both men and women at the age of 30, however male memory was worse, especially after the age of 40.

The results from the study found that women surpassed men in the memory department because women have protective hormones like estrogen and their hippocampus, where memory is stored, is better than men’s.

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While I’m not a male over 40, it seems as though my slight memory hiccups can be attributed to my busy brain, not science.

I can recall what I had for breakfast last Monday and I can remember what my best friend gave me for my birthday last year, but for some reason, I sometimes have issues remembering the little details in my day-to-day life, which is probably a problem plaguing every working American.

Scientifically speaking, everyone’s memory will go downhill as they get older, so it’s so important to keep your memory in check to help avoid diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Aerobic exercise is the best thing a person can do for their brain, CNN reported.

Whether you’re male or female, it’s important to take care of your mental health now in order to avoid more serious problems later in life.