Myths That Could Be Hurting Your Memory

Amen Clinics believes that the brain is the most important part of your body. The brain is the most impressive, complex and remarkable organ in the universe.

If you are like most people, you have probably heard many myths about your brain, like how it is firm and rubbery, when it is actually squishy, soft, think the consistency of Jell-O. When it comes to brain health, it’s important to know the facts. Here are five memory myths debunked.

MYTH #1: You’re stuck with the brain you have.

FACT: That’s not true at all. In fact, Dr. Daniel Amen’s first brain scan looked worse in his 30’s compared to what it looks like today. Through exercise, participating in mental activities like playing ping pong, eating brain-healthy foods, staying away from drugs and alcohol, getting restful sleep and managing stress levels, you can physically change your brain.

MYTH #2: Once your memory starts to fail, it’s too late.

FACT: Although Alzheimer’s can’t be entirely reversed, there are drug-free approaches that can help improve your memory. For instance, a couple of ways this happens is by watching your diet, challenging your brain with new learning, regular exercise, and paying attention to your gut health. Engaging in these healthy activities can actually increase the size of your hippocampus, the part of your brain associated with memory.

MYTH #3: Young people don’t have to worry about memory loss.

FACT:  The average age of memory loss is 57, but one study shows that memory loss can start as early as 45. The good news: You can start protecting your memory now. You may think that minor problems like forgetting where you placed your keys are not an issue but believe it or not, these are early warning signs that your memory could be in trouble. Think about this—  even though a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 59, it’s likely they started showing noxious brain changes at 30 that could have been seen by a brain imaging scan.

MYTH #4:  Alzheimer’s only happens to the elderly.

FACT: 50% of people 85 years old and older are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But that doesn’t mean that these are the only cases. Approximately 200,000 people under the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, such as dementia.

MYTH #5: You won’t get dementia if you take care of yourself.

FACT: If you take good care of your brain and body, your risk of dementia can significantly decline. Although, there is no proven way to guarantee prevention of dementia completely. Keep in mind, taking preventative measures is the best way to avoid Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Being serious about brain health has no age limit especially when a better brain means it can help improve your mood, health, appearance, memory and body. You can create a brain-healthy life by learning how to love and care for the most important part of your body…your brain.

Amen Clinics is here to help you understand the brain and provide treatment options that address more than just symptoms. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or visit us online to schedule a visit.

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  1. Tom Bush says:

    What Bullshit ! Misplacing keys and such is an early warning that your life has become too damn crowded.Not Ahlziemers! Morons!!

    • Donna Thompson says:

      It’s true that misplacing keys can be a sign of too much going on in
      your life. It doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out to be tested
      for Alzheimer’s disease. However, if the trend continues to affect
      other areas of your life such as forgetting how to get back home (which
      may actually not happen until years later) then it is a definite sign
      that you may be dealing with something much more serious than just a
      busy lifestyle. It would be wonderful if that’s all it turns out to be
      because being the caregiver of a spouse who has suffered with
      Alzheimer’s for over 10 years, the alternative is much worse!

      • Tom Bush says:

        Blah blah, blah

        • Brittany Alexandria Rose says:

          Some times its hard to relate if you haven’t been through something. I have been there and back. So grateful for information but, it can be hard to relate. The old saying: until you have walked in another shoes. May your blessing be many to you and your family.

        • Lora Eskandari says:

          what is your problem? you sound bitter, but my guess is that you are very afraid of something. i hope others will show you more compassion than you are showing on this response site.

      • Dawn Baggett says:

        So sorry you and your spouse are dealing with this, yet how blessed he is to have you! May God give both of you endurance and strength for this journey.

        • Donna Thompson says:

          Thank you so much Dawn for your kind words. You have no idea how much kind words help to sustain me on our journey. God bless you!

          • Therrds DeLong says:

            Donna, I’m a new subscriber but have received some good information snd plan on staying with this site for now. I went through radiation and aggressive chemo plan for 4 months for Stage 3 lung cancer and that also puts your brain (and body) through the ringer. Hoping to get information that can hellp undo some of the set backs from treatment.

            Sendind caring thoights to you and your loved one. Remember to take care of YOU the caregiver as well!!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Its probably due to stress and not getting enough sleep and not getting enough sleep can cause some memory problems but over time not getting enough sleep for years and years and years and years and eating back can get your brain probably not working peak which could eventually up your risk of getting dementia at a later age say like 80. d I guess they are saying you might be able to prevent it all the way

  2. Faye shepherd says:

    I’m a caregiver 24/7 , my husband has dementia and it’s very hard to not have help. I notice I’m forgetting more & more. I’m 73 years old really don’t need to be doing this alone but have no choice.

  3. Avette L Gaiser says:

    I actually think the brain could be the initiating source of many diseases of the body.

  4. Norma says:

    I had.. a accident.. i fell.. in… The lobby… And hit.. My head. With a brick wall…and now… I have… Hidrocefalia… Frontal My brain.. and short… Term… Memory loss… I was… I’m 59 year’s old…. And i a’m.. sufering..I a Big Battle.. forma me..Thankyou..’re Atención…

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello Norma, we will have a Care Coordinator reach out to you via email to discuss the specifics of your injury and symptoms. Thank you for reaching out to us. If you’d like to reach us, please call 888-288-9834.


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