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Memory Decline in Peri- and Post-menopausal Women: The Potential of Mind-Body Medicine to Improve Cognitive Performance.

Sliwinski JR, Johnson AK, Elkins GR - Integr Med Insights (2014)

Bottom Line: Changes in memory correspond with diminished estrogen production.Mind-body medicine has been shown to have beneficial effects on sleep, mood, and hot flashes, among post-menopausal women.It is our hope that this article will eventually lead to a more holistic and integrative approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits in peri- and post-menopausal women.

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Affiliation: Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA.

ABSTRACT
Cognitive decline is a frequent complaint during the menopause transition and among post-menopausal women. Changes in memory correspond with diminished estrogen production. Further, many peri- and post-menopausal women report sleep concerns, depression, and hot flashes, and these factors may contribute to cognitive decline. Hormone therapy can increase estrogen but is contraindicated for many women. Mind-body medicine has been shown to have beneficial effects on sleep, mood, and hot flashes, among post-menopausal women. Further, mind-body medicine holds potential in addressing symptoms of cognitive decline post-menopause. This study proposes an initial framework for how mind-body interventions may improve cognitive performance and inform future research seeking to identify the common and specific factors associated with mind-body medicine for addressing memory decline in peri- and post-menopausal women. It is our hope that this article will eventually lead to a more holistic and integrative approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits in peri- and post-menopausal women.

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Factors influencing cognitive impairment in peri- and postmenopausal women.
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f1-imi-9-2014-017: Factors influencing cognitive impairment in peri- and postmenopausal women.

Mentions: Collectively, this section has examined factors other than decreased cortisol availability that may lead to a decline in the cognitive performance levels of peri- and post- menopausal women. Specifically, we suggest that sleep disruption, depression, and hot flashes are key symptoms that can both directly and indirectly lead to cognitive impairment. A model addressing how these symptoms effect cognitive impairment is shown in Figure 1. While other factors such as anxiety and poor self-image may also play a role, significant improvement in these areas is likely to be obtained if our key symptoms are successfully addressed. Therefore, we have chosen to focus on these symptoms because of their relative severity and also the frequency with which they are reported by peri- and post-menopausal women.


Memory Decline in Peri- and Post-menopausal Women: The Potential of Mind-Body Medicine to Improve Cognitive Performance.

Sliwinski JR, Johnson AK, Elkins GR - Integr Med Insights (2014)

Factors influencing cognitive impairment in peri- and postmenopausal women.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4125424&req=5

f1-imi-9-2014-017: Factors influencing cognitive impairment in peri- and postmenopausal women.
Mentions: Collectively, this section has examined factors other than decreased cortisol availability that may lead to a decline in the cognitive performance levels of peri- and post- menopausal women. Specifically, we suggest that sleep disruption, depression, and hot flashes are key symptoms that can both directly and indirectly lead to cognitive impairment. A model addressing how these symptoms effect cognitive impairment is shown in Figure 1. While other factors such as anxiety and poor self-image may also play a role, significant improvement in these areas is likely to be obtained if our key symptoms are successfully addressed. Therefore, we have chosen to focus on these symptoms because of their relative severity and also the frequency with which they are reported by peri- and post-menopausal women.

Bottom Line: Changes in memory correspond with diminished estrogen production.Mind-body medicine has been shown to have beneficial effects on sleep, mood, and hot flashes, among post-menopausal women.It is our hope that this article will eventually lead to a more holistic and integrative approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits in peri- and post-menopausal women.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA.

ABSTRACT
Cognitive decline is a frequent complaint during the menopause transition and among post-menopausal women. Changes in memory correspond with diminished estrogen production. Further, many peri- and post-menopausal women report sleep concerns, depression, and hot flashes, and these factors may contribute to cognitive decline. Hormone therapy can increase estrogen but is contraindicated for many women. Mind-body medicine has been shown to have beneficial effects on sleep, mood, and hot flashes, among post-menopausal women. Further, mind-body medicine holds potential in addressing symptoms of cognitive decline post-menopause. This study proposes an initial framework for how mind-body interventions may improve cognitive performance and inform future research seeking to identify the common and specific factors associated with mind-body medicine for addressing memory decline in peri- and post-menopausal women. It is our hope that this article will eventually lead to a more holistic and integrative approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits in peri- and post-menopausal women.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus