According to new research, ‘normal’ forgetfulness in the elderly is likely to be the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease or cerebrovascular disease.
According to Chinese medicine, mental activity is related to the heart: if heart energy is low, circulation diminishes and the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen, which leads to memory impairment.
Since circulation tends to diminish as we get older, any memory loss in an elderly person is likely to be the first sign of a gradual decline in mental function.
Chinese medicine practitioners treat impaired memory by treating the heart. Drinking a moderate amount of red wine or purple grape juice and exercising the mind can also help, as discussed elsewhere in this blog.