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What Are The Common Symptoms Of Memory Loss?

Our ability to remember plays a key role in learning and helps to shape who and what we are. Memory loss can occur for a variety of reasons and can have a significant impact on our day to day existence. Let’s explore some of the causes, symptoms and treatments of memory loss.

Memory is the ability to process external stimuli, store it and then retrieve it later. Memory can be either short term or long term. Short term memory can assist us in remembering something for a short period of time while we process other information. And long term memory is something we can retain for many years.

This is how we can remember an event which occurred during our childhood. In some cases we can remember the sights, sounds, and smells of that event. However there are times which our memory can be affected. This can occur for a variety of reasons.

The common cause of memory loss is age related. As we age, the function of brain cells can begin to deteriorate. In addition, the network of brain cells may lose some of their structure which further impacts mental processes particularly memory.

Usually the memory loss is relatively mild and people may have occasional bouts of forgetfulness. For example they may forget where they put a particular item or some other minor issue.

This type of memory loss can be treated however. In many cases the memory loss is impacted by lifestyle or even lack of use. As people age, they may not be as active as they once were. The brain improves when it is used more. So it may be appropriate to implement mental exercises to stimulate the brain and ultimately enhance memory function.

Memory loss can also be affected by injury. There are certain areas of the brain which are largely responsible for memory. So if those areas become damaged, it can certainly play an important role in memory loss.

There are a number of diseases which directly affect memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is a condition which directly affects the function of the brain. It creates a material which disrupts the flow of signals through the brain. It can also cause brain cells to die and this eventually causes mild to severe memory loss.

In the early stages, the memory loss is minimal but as the disease grows, the memory loss increases as well. Sufferers will have trouble remembering even simple things and eventually lose the ability to take care of themselves. It is an unfortunate situation but there are a number of treatments which have been developed to slow the progression of the disease and enhance mental functions including memory.