New research shows that men are a bit more likely than women to notice memory loss as they age, and the deficits may be gender related.
This study showed that mild cognitive impairment was 1.5 times higher in men compared to women. The researcher, Dr. Ronald Petersen of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester said, “This is the first study conducted among community-dwelling persons to find a higher prevalence of MCI [mild cognitive impairment] in men. If these results are confirmed in other studies, it may suggest that factors related to gender play a role in the disease.”
For example, “men may experience cognitive decline earlier in life but more gradually, whereas women may transition from normal memory directly to dementia at a later age but more quickly.”
The researchers conducted in-person interviews with 2,050 men and women between the ages of 70 and 89 in Olmstead County, Minn. Participants were asked about their memories and their medical history. They were tested on memory and thinking skills. The results:
- 14% of participants had mild cognitive impairment.
- About 10% had dementia.
- 76% had normal memory and thinking skills.
- 19% of the men had mild cognitive impairment, compared to 14% of the women.
- 3.3% of those interviewed face-to-face had a dementia that had not been detected by records or other methods.
As many of you know, I experienced a traumatic brain injury in a bike accident a couple of years ago. I’m just now trying out a new treatment for improving my memory.
I’ll let you know how it goes!