Is It Age-Related Memory Loss or Something Else?
Memory loss is something that often happens to seniors as they get older, but it may not always be caused by age. It can be caused by medication side effects, poor diet, chronic illness, depression, alcohol abuse, poor sleep habits, feelings of isolation, vitamin deficiencies, lack of physical activity, head injuries, exposure to toxins in the environment, physical trauma to the brain and exposure to infectious diseases.
As we age, we lose brain cells that are responsible for storing memories. Some degree of memory loss is a natural part of growing older and is no cause for concern. There are some symptoms, however, that should be checked out by a doctor. Symptoms include:
- Lack of focus
- Inability to complete tasks
- Confusing similar items or actions
- Unable to recall conversations or events
Types of Memory Loss
It is important to understand the different types of memory issues people face as they grow older, and what can be done to improve their memory.
1. Short-Term Memory Loss
Short-term memory loss is a decline in the ability to keep information in your mind for brief periods of time. Sometimes it will resolve on its own, but there are other times when it will require treatment.
2. Long-Term Memory Loss
Long-term memory loss is a decline in the ability to remember information over a longer period. There are many different reasons for long-term memory loss and each type will need a different treatment plan. Make sure to go over with your senior’s home care providers if you think they are exhibiting this condition.
3. Alzheimer’s and Dementia
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s or Dementia, but there are treatments available that can slow down the progression of the disease. You should talk to your doctor about what treatments are available to your senior if they are diagnosed with these illnesses. Home care providers will be an important piece in your senior’s recovery and treatment.
4. Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are common conditions among older people, there are many different treatments available for these conditions, including medications and therapy. It is important to treat these conditions as soon as possible so that they do not get worse over time and have a negative impact on your senior’s quality of life.
How to Improve Your Senior’s Memory Loss
If your senior is diagnosed with a specific memory-related disease, such as Alzheimer’s, follow your doctor’s treatment plan. And whether your senior’s memory loss is caused by aging or not, there are many options available to help them improve their memory, such as:
- Mental exercises
- Taking vitamins and supplements
- Physical exercise and movement
- Meditation and other calming techniques
- Learning new things
It is important to do some research about the different signs and symptoms of age-related memory loss to find out if it really is just that or something else. Either way, looking into getting qualified caregivers from a home care agency can keep your senior happy, healthy, and independent. Call us and schedule an appointment we will help you find the best option for your senior.