CogniFit's Science blog: Memory Loss – Causes, Impacts And Treatments

Memory Loss – Causes, Impacts And Treatments

We depend so much on our ability to recall people, places and things. It is an essential part of the learning process. So memory loss can be a devastating development and one in which we all seek to avoid. However, let us look at some of the causes, impacts and treatments of memory loss.

The brain does an amazing job of receiving, processing, storing and recalling information. However there are many factors which can affect its ability to retain memory.

Memory loss can be a very serious problem and affect not only the person involved but their friends, family and others they become involved with.

Memory loss is most commonly associated with aging. The specialized brain cells called neurons are responsible for brain function and enable information to be communicated across many different cells. The number of neurons is believed to be fixed shortly after birth and no more are created thereafter.

Over time neurons can wither and die. So changes in mental function are thought to be a naturally occurring part of the aging process. Since the number of neurons steadily decrease as we age, the mental processes can be affected. This can have a profound effect on memory.

There is therefore an expected level of memory loss with people as they age. However more profound memory loss can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common is caused by diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease. This disease has a direct effect on the neurons and their ability to transmit information. Over time it not only impacts the ability of the neurons to transmit information but it also causes the neurons to wither and die.

As the disease progresses, more profound impacts to memory occur. Eventually the sufferer may not remember loved ones or even who they are. Other types of memory loss can be attributed to imbalances in brain chemistry. So there are a number of treatments which have been developed to slow or even reverse the impacts of memory loss.

Start today a session of brain training and see how it can improve your cognitive abilities including your memory. There are other treatments which can help to train the brain to process information better and help to enhance memory functions.

The brain responds very well to specialized stimulus and there are many techniques which have proven benefit. So memory loss need not be permanent or irreversible. People affected by memory loss and their families should see their medical professional to find treatments which can help to alleviate the problem.