CogniFit's Science blog: Memory Loss – A Difficult Problem

Memory Loss – A Difficult Problem

Our ability to remember things is an integral part of how we learn. It also greatly impacts how we react to things or deal with the world around us. Memory is the tool we are also using to learn and to retrieve information. It is a critical to keep this ability properly functioning. However, if we experience significant memory loss, the impacts can be substantial. So let’s discuss how memory loss can become a problem for many people and what can be done about it.

In most cases we have an innate ability to process information which has been exposed to us, organize the inputs, store them and then retrieve them at a later time. This process might have been very efficient for years and it’s something which most people give little thought to.

But it has been found that as people age, their memory functions may not be a sharp as it once was years earlier. For the most part, these people may be experiencing some form of memory loss. They may have a difficult time remembering things which were very easy for them to do earlier.

Some scientists have suggested that memory loss is a normal part of aging and cannot be avoided or reversed. However recent evidence suggests just the opposite. There are a number of things which a patient can do to improve memory loss.

For example it may have been found that memory loss can occur as a result of drugs which may be interacting in a negative fashion. If the patient stops taking that drug, improvements can be immediately noted. So it is vitally important to monitor any changes in mental function and mental health which may occur depending on changes in a person’s diet or lifestyle. If someone begins to show memory loss, first check out their diet and other factors such as drugs they may be taking. It is possible that a conflict can be identified which is impacting the patient’s memory loss.

There are many techniques which can be employed to help improve and/or reverse the effects of memory loss. The brain can leverage a process called brain plasticity and "re-train" it self. Interestingly, in some cases, certain elements of the brain can be trained to perform functions normally carried out by another part of the brain.

Brain fitness is a great technique so try to improve memory or reduce memory loss. It can definitely be a great way to enhance and minimize the memory loss which many people would otherwise suffer from. It is now possible to try to avoid many of the problems which older experience normally experience and live a much fuller and richer life.