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Please share an interesting fact about living with memory loss.

29 doctors weighed in across 26 answers
Dr. Linda Gromko answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Favorite: Favorite saying: "it's not when you forget your keys, it's when you forget what your keys are for!".

Answered 1/11/2016

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Dr. Charlene Sojico answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: It is very important to help a person continue to do things for themselves and to remain independent.

Answered 12/22/2014

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Keep your mind active and i was thinking, and write down things that you need to do so you won't forget.

Answered 4/18/2014

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Remind yourself what you need to do today, and then use the calendar to write it down.

Answered 1/25/2017

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Always remember to put this your keys in the same place, so you'll remember where it is at all times.

Answered 3/4/2019

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Every day is a new day to start doing things in a different way.

Answered 3/4/2019

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Do mental exercises to keep your brain active.

Answered 3/4/2019

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Have someone do activities with you to remind you what you did.

Answered 3/4/2019

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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: Keep "To Do" lists and refer to them often. Have your family help write your lists!

Answered 3/4/2019

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Dr. Barbara Lavi answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Ignore: Memory loss causes strain on your relationship, marital therapy help U & your spouse cope.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Liesa Harte answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Stress decreases memory and recall. Manage your stress for better memory.

Answered 3/4/2019

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Dr. James Lin answered

Specializes in Urology

Ignore: Healthy lifestyle without obsession is the backbone to keep life going and memory lasting.

Answered 6/12/2014

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Dr. Andrea Brand answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Doing: Doing crosswords can exercise your brain.

Answered 6/14/2014

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Dr. Walter Futterweit answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

Ignore: One thing is for sure. Daily diary or use your tab to put Daily things that have to be checked.

Answered 7/12/2014

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Dr. Holly Maes answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Use: Use pictures to remind you of things. Those images are stored in different part of brain than memory.

Answered 7/19/2014

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Dr. Susan Arnoult answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: If you are caring for a family member with dementia, make photo albums together.

Answered 7/26/2014

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Dr. David Lipkin answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Walking: Walking for 40 minutes 3 times a week improved memory and stimulated brain growth in the hippocampus.

Answered 11/12/2014

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Dr. Paul Pyles answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Ignore: Memory loss may be a symptom of depression. Memory can improve with treatment of depression.

Answered 3/4/2019

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Dr. Annita Jones answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Ignore: It's very frightening to the person and the family. Getting a physician consult can be very helpful.

Answered 7/9/2015

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Dr. K. Olson answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ignore: Exercise, neurostimuation, eliminating needless or causal medication. Aricept (donepezil) /namenda can help.

Answered 8/19/2015

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Ignore: Be open with others about living with memory loss. There should be no shame/embarrassment involved.

Answered 11/19/2015

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Dr. Elena Padrell answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ignore: Tell your friends and close family what you'r' going through. It will help to accept it .

Answered 12/11/2015

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Dr. Cheryl Burke answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Ignore: Feel good by keeping your social calendar full with fun friends and activities.

Answered 1/23/2016

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Eating: Eating 5 small meals throughout the day prevents dips in blood glucose, the brain's energy source.

Answered 5/10/2019

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Smoking: Smoking restricts brain oxygen and negatively affects memory.

Answered 4/15/2019

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Stress: Stress causes release of cortisol, which has been found to shrink memory centers in brain.

Answered 3/4/2019

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