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The Real Reason Your Memory is Changing as You Age and What to do About it

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 A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Lori Williams, a senior living expert based in Denton, TX and the host of the Aging in Style Podcast. 

Together we discussed:

  • What is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) 

  • Speech therapy for seniors 

  • Does aging affect memory?

  • Aging and short term memory loss

  • Signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

  • Early signs of impairment in memory

  • The impact of diet and lifestyle on memory health

  • Inflammation and disease risk
  • Memory healthy foods

  • The Memory Wellness Wheel™ Assessment

  • The Healthy Memory Method Program™

Be sure to hit the play button above or you can listen via YouTube or your favorite podcast platform (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio)

Here are a few takeaways from this episode:

What is the role of a Speech-Language Pathologist working with adults and seniors?

Speech therapy for seniors and older adults is necessary after an event such as:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease or Dementia

Speech therapy is also indicated for older adults and seniors with:

  • Difficulty swallowing, or dysphagia
  • Voice disorders
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Changes in thinking and problem solving
  • Difficulty with attention, focus and organization
  • Memory loss and impairment in memory

Speech-Language Pathologists treat a wide scope of cognitive-communication disorders, swallowing impairments, voice and language disorders.

Early Signs of Impairment in Memory

Memory loss is not always dementia. Memory loss is, however, frustrating, at times embarrassing and it can negatively impact your quality of life.

Early signs of memory loss include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • General sense of disorganization
  • Difficulty word finding
  • Thoughts feeling less automatic
  • Foggy or slowed thinking
  • Frequent "senior moments" 
  • Losing train of thought
  • Difficulty with short term memory
  • Difficulty recalling details of events or conversations
  • Trouble remembering names of people or places

I cover more on the earliest signs of memory loss and Mild Cognitive Impairment here

Diet, Lifestyle and Memory Health

Your age and your genes do not determine your memory health. Your habits do. 

The truth is that the way you eat, sleep and exercise can significantly impact how your brain functions now and in the future. 

And to truly stay in control you have to take everything into consideration... your genetics, lifestyle, stress, environment... it's all connected.

Each person is unique and will experience different changes as they age which is why there is no one-size-fits-all method to health.

Cultivating the right daily habits that align with your lifestyle and create sustainable and meaningful changes to your health is the most effective way to overcome and prevent age-related changes to your mind and memory.

Click here to Download the Beginner's Guide to Strengthening Your Mind as You Age and I'll walk you step-by-step through overcoming those subtle memory changes and creating cognitive resilience so you can think clearly and stay sharp, without burning out on brain games.

If this sounds like you...

  • Your memory has never been good and now it's getting worse.
  • Your memory is not as sharp as it was 10 years ago.
  • You often wonder why you walked into a room.
  • You know what you want to say, but your words get stuck on the tip of your tongue.
  • You frequently misplace things.
  • You chat with someone, read a book or watch a movie but don't remember the details shortly thereafter. 
  • You struggle with brain fog.
  • You're concerned about your family history of dementia and what it means for your future.
  • You wonder what you can do to prevent Alzheimer's and dementia.
  • You've been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

You can start to take control of your memory, beginning today. 

Click here to snag a spot on my schedule for your free introductory coaching call. We'll get clear on your risks and concerns, together.

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Meet your memory health coach

Francine Waskavitz, owner and lead coach at Longevity Coaching, LLC. is a memory health expert dedicated to helping you get your memory back, strengthen it and keep it healthy for a lifetime.

Her mission is to empower you to take early action to support your brain health so you can thrive in the life you’ve worked so hard to create, without memory loss interrupting your plans.

Francine has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) from the University of South Florida. She also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where she became an Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach.

Leveraging her expertise in memory from her 10 years as an SLP with her passion for health and wellness, Francine is dismantling the myth that memory loss is inevitable with age. 

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