How to Understand the Causes of Memory Loss


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Understanding the causes of memory loss will help you detect early signs of dementia in loved ones, and knowing the facts can calm your suspicions about whether or not memory lapses indicate a real cognitive deficiency.

Step 1: Understanding the Effects of Exhaustion
Understand that mental exhaustion can mimic early signs of Alzheimer's disease. If you create stress with an unrealistic workload, unhealthy habits and lack of sleep, memory suffers.

Step 2: Investigate normal aging
Investigate normal aging and learn how the structure and function of the healthy brain changes, resulting in short-term memory disturbances. This slow and mild cognitive impairment is natural.

Tip
The brain generates neurons and new connections throughout life, increasing the potential to reverse memory loss.

Step 3: Confusing through depression
Suffering from depression and, for many years, your memory will be adversely affected. With treatment, however, depression can be prevented from causing permanent memory problems.

Step 4: Loss of experience
Have a stroke or head injury and are likely to experience substantial memory problems. Although you can only get back some of the memory function, a better diet and self-control can prevent further degradation.

Tip
Normal memory problems – losing the keys or not knowing why you entered a room – do not get worse over time, although remembering can take more time as you get older.

Step 5: Write down side effects
Consider the side effects of medications and ask a pharmacist about interactions, which can sometimes lead to memory loss. There is a debate about whether statins cause symptoms similar to dementia.

Step 6: Identify Bad Habits
If you constantly practice bad eating habits or if you experience frequent bouts of dehydration, memory problems can develop. The brain needs fuel, and depletion of that supply may invite problems that can become permanent.

Step 7: Isolate and forget
Isolate and become lonely, or simply bored, worried and sad, and forgetfulness or confusion can follow. See a counselor or get active and socialize.

Did you know?
Loss of as little as 1 1/2 hours of sleep in one night can reduce daytime vigilance by as much as 32 percent.

Video credits to Howcast YouTube channel


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