Ask Dr. Nandi: Who has the better memory, men or women?

Posted at 5:57 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 17:57:49-05

This study will support what many women already believe! 212 men and women between the ages of 45 and 55 were given cognitive testing and challenging memory tests. Researchers found middle-aged women outperform men of the same age on all memory measures, even after they enter post-menopause.

The study did confirm a decline in memory for many women after they go through menopause. Blood samples were taken and researchers found declining levels of the hormone estradiol. 

This is linked to memory performance changes, making it harder for women to learn something new and to retrieve information.  Despite this, they still did better than men the same age.

Memory loss is unfortunately a part of the aging process but you can fight it:

Partha’s RX:
1. Get seven to eight hours of sleep every night
Sleep helps to consolidate memories so you can recall them later on.

2. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing or guided imagery.
When you’re stressed, cortisol increases.   The can interfere with encoding information or retrieving it.

3. Avoid multitasking and eliminate distractions
It’s best to focus on one thing at a time.  You’ll be more likely to remember it.

4. Research Hormone Therapy
And talk to your doctor.  It may be a good choice for certain women, depending on your risk factors.

It’s our 4th Annual Charity Coat Drive at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Detroit.  I’m so grateful that Stephen Clark is one of our live entertainers.   He’s reforming at 3:30 but the coat drive goes starts at noon and ends at 6pm so come anytime.  We just ask that you bring a gently used OR new coat to donate. Let’s help keep Detroiters warm this winter!