How to cope with memory loss?
Forgetting things occurs in everyone once in a
while, but is much more common with aging. Mild
forgetfulness is normal with aging and is not a serious
memory problem, since it usually doesn’t affect the
ability to carry out normal daily activities. In
addition age-related forgetfulness can be easily
prevented, slowed down or even stopped by staying
mentally active (for example through reading, writing or
learning a new skill), finding hobbies, maintaining
social interactions and making proper adjustments to the
lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet, not smoking,
limiting alcohol use, getting enough sleep and rest and
finally taking enough physical activity.
However memory problems are sometimes more
serious and can profoundly affect everyday life
activities, such as cooking, driving a car, handling
money or finding the way home. In this case memory loss
is not a normal age-related phenomenon, but is often a
symptom of a more serious underlying condition.
Alzheimer’s disease and
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
are perhaps the most well known conditions associated
with memory loss, but they are not the only ones. Other
medical conditions that can cause memory problems
include: emotional problems, such as stress, depression,
loneliness and anxiety; tumors, infections or blood
clots in the brain; head injuries; nutritional
deficiencies, such as vitamins B1 and B12; medications,
such as sleeping pills, antihistamines and
antidepressants; some thyroid, liver or kidney
dysfunctions. Unlike memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s
disease and dementia, memory problems resulting from
these health issues are usually treatable by treating
the underlying condition.
But Alzheimer’s disease and other types of
dementia have no cure so far. They are usually
progressive diseases and involve serious impairment not
only of memory, but also of other brain functions, such
as language, motor and behavioural functions. This is
particularly apparent in Alzheimer’s disease patients
who, in the last stages of the disease, lose completely
their speech and movement abilities and are no longer
able to carry out even the simplest tasks on their own.
Although there is no definitive treatment* for
Alzheimer’s disease, its progression can be slowed down
(and symptoms alleviated) when it is diagnosed in its
early stages. At the moment there are only a few
medications that can help slow down the progression of
Alzheimer’s and reduce the severity of symptoms for a
limited time, but of course research is ongoing and it
is not unlikely that new, more effective treatments will
emerge in the near future.
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qualified doctor before undergoing any treatment.