Understanding Memory Loss

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Cognate Nutritionals, makers of Fuel For Thought®, presents information on the facts about memory loss. Preserving our memory is an important issue to all of us.

You put the detergent in, but forget to turn on the dishwasher. You sign the birthday card but can’t recall where you put the stamps. You’ve decide that you want to learn Italian before you take your trip to Florence, but learning the vocabulary is so difficult.

These annoyances are commonly called “senior moments.” They are the exasperating occasions that we all can relate to, especially as we age.

Deny it as we may, memory loss is a fact of life as we get older. As the Harvard Medical School web site publication Healthbeat says,  “Healthy people can experience memory loss or memory distortion at any age. Some of these memory flaws become more pronounced with age, but — unless they are extreme and persistent — they are not considered indicators of Alzheimer’s or other memory-impairing illnesses.”

Understanding normal memory loss can help allay the fear of developing dementia.

A certain amount of memory loss happens to most of us, starting at the age of 40. As we age, our brains and nervous system undergo changes, including the loss of nerve cells. The National Institutes  of Health  notes that nerve cells may pass messages more slowly than they did in the past. In addition, the loss of nerve cells can lead to waste products collecting in brain tissue, causing the formation of plaques or tangles in the brain.

It’s important to recognize that this mild forgetfulness is common. Taking more time to recall the name of a movie than we used to happens now and again. These lapses may be somewhat frustrating, but they don’t interfere with our everyday lives.

The PsychCentral website provides a short but useful list of signs that can signal something more than normal memory loss. You should seek qualified medical attention if you are:

  • Asking the same questions over and over again.
  • Becoming lost in places you know well.
  • Not being able to follow directions.
  • Getting very confused about time, people, and places.
  • Not taking care of yourself — eating poorly, not bathing, or being unsafe.

Noticing these signs in ourselves or others, particularly if their number and frequency increases, should get us thinking. It is important to consult a medical doctor if you or anyone else is experiencing these changes in brain function because these problems could indicate a more serious condition.

Please post a comment on your own experiences with memory loss.

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