CogniFit's Science blog: How To Effectively Prevent Memory Loss

How To Effectively Prevent Memory Loss

Very simply memory loss can be described as the inability to recall important events or other kinds of information. It can be partial or total. It is also relatively normal when associated with aging.

The degree of memory loss is largely dependent on the cause which can range from brain damage, normal aging, and diseases such as
Alzheimer’s. We’ll discuss some of the symptoms, prevention and treatments available for memory loss.

Typical symptoms of memory loss can be forgetfulness when it comes to names, important dates, reasons for running errands, easily getting lost, or difficulty in performing what were otherwise everyday and simple tasks like driving, cooking, etc.

These symptoms may begin gradually and increase in intensity depending on the cause of the problem. It is important for medical professionals to get involved when it is suspected that memory loss is present. Some of the causes can be very simple and easily rectified. Others are indicative of a more serious and longer term problem. But through early detection, the most effective treatments can be implemented and the impacts of this problem minimized as much as possible.

There are several tests which can be implemented to help uncover a memory loss problem. This can include several neuropsychological tests. Other tests can include an electroencephalography, MRI or CT scan.

It has been found that in many cases, memory loss can be prevented or at least minimized. One way is to eat nutritious foods since it has been found that the brain requires optimum nutrition to operate at peak efficiency.

It is also important to avoid risk factors such as exposure to chemicals or adverse agents. People who have high blood pressure run an increased risk to memory loss. Sudden memory usually cannot be prevented by gradual memory loss caused by aging can be minimized in a variety of ways.

In addition to maintaining good nutrition, there are a number of drills and brain training exercises, which can be done which have been found to help patients to improve their memory function. The brain needs and responds favorably to the proper degree of stimulation and brain training. People can be taught to improve their memory functions and it is a very good idea to do so for many individuals (especially elderly ones).

If many of these suggestions are followed, the impact of memory loss can be minimized and people have a much better opportunity to retain an excellent quality of life.