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What are the best medications/interventions to treat memory loss problems in old age?

What are the best medications/interventions to treat memory loss problems in old age?

Mental fitness: The best treatment for memory loss is prevention - maintaining an active lifestyle with regular exercise is probably the best way to maintain good mental fitness and prevent memory loss. Medications such as aricept, exelon, (rivastigmine) razadyne, cognex, and Namenda have demonstrated slight cognitive improvements in people suffering dementia and memory loss - but these drugs do not cure memory loss. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys?" or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child?" There also can be catastrophic memory loss such ...Read more


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How to treat memory loss due to old age or brain impairment or Alzheimer's early symptoms.Suggest remedy or medicine or tonic not bla bla go to doc etc?

How to treat memory loss due to old age or brain impairment or Alzheimer's early symptoms.Suggest remedy or medicine or tonic not bla bla go to doc etc?

Proper diagnosis: Is important first. Aricept and / or Namenda (memantine) are common. Supplements suggested are bcomplex vitamins, exercise, and mentally challenging games like sudoku, crossword and memory exercises. Important to find out if this due to a neurodegenerative disease or just age-related decline ...Read more

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Is memory loss a normal part of old aging?

Is memory loss a normal part of old aging?

: In general, aging can cause some memory loss, but other health problems (malnutrition, heart disease, depression, etc), inactivity, lack of mental stimulation & social isolation affect memory. The elderly typically have more health problems, less exercise & less social support than younger people. Keep your memory sharp w/ exercise (mental & physical), a balanced diet & by maintaining friendships. ...Read more

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How do you know when memory loss and progressive hearing loss are due to old age, and when it might be a more concerning problem?

How do you know when memory loss and progressive hearing loss are due to old age, and when it might be a more concerning problem?

By having an exam: An thorough exam should provide information that you can discuss with the doctor to form an opinion on the appropriateness of living with it or finding a way to reverse or slow these loss processes. Quality of life is very valuable and unnecessary decreases are tragic. Find out it there's reason to make improvements. Best! ...Read more

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At a young age of 22 years old, what could be the cause for memory loss and decreased cognitive functioning?

At a young age of 22 years old, what could be the cause for memory loss and decreased cognitive functioning?

Several things: Drugs or alcohol abuse, depression, sleep disorder would be most common at age 22. There could also be an organic brain problem but that is less common. See your doctor for testing and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Elderly parent with memory loss, what is normal aging and what is not?

Elderly parent with memory loss, what is normal aging and what is not?

See below: With aging, it's normal to see some less recall with recent memories and slower recollection of names/details. There are some screens and more detailed tests, which a professional can do to figure out where in the age group your parent's score falls. This is a difficult question to answer without talking and assessing your parent directly as well as without a collateral from a family member. ...Read more

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If ur five year old child is suffering from speech difficultys , short term memory loss, blood noses , dosent act her age is very slow at learning .?

If ur five year old child is suffering from speech difficultys , short term memory loss, blood noses , dosent act her age is very slow at learning .?

Consult a physician: These serious symptoms could be indicative of a medical and/ or developmental condition that needs immediate attention. Please see your pediatrician as soon as possible and tell them what's going on. ...Read more

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What would cause a 17 year old to have memory loss? Football?

What would cause a 17 year old to have memory loss? Football?

Need More: Need much more information. Have there been injuries? Illness? Concussion? There are many causes. ...Read more

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Is there any way to improve short term memory loss in the elderly?

Yes: There are a number of programs that can help improve memory and other mental functions in healthy older individuals. Just like muscles, you have to exercise the memory to keep it strong. An online reference is: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3430800/. ...Read more

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Anything I can do to improve my memory and prevent memory loss as I get older?

Mental exercises: Complex brain function exercises are great to help stave off cognitive decline with age. Sudoku, crossword puzzles, memorization exercises, reading, and even video games have all been shown to help slow cognitive decline. Also, avoid eating trans-fats and stay active. Exercise keeps the body and brain healthy. ...Read more

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At what age do you start noticing long-term and working memory loss plus inattention?

At what age do you start noticing long-term and working memory loss plus inattention?

55 to 75: Early onset dementia can occur as early as age 40, but typically it is around age 60 or 65. The older a person becomes, the more likely they will experience a memory problem. Memory problems are not a sign of normal aging, but a sign of an underlying disease such as dementia. ...Read more

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Iam feeling memory loss my age 31?

Iam feeling  memory loss my age 31?

Usually inattention: Losing the ability to register, retain, and recall is unusual at your age and unlikely to represent a neurodegenerative disorder. Most commonly memory problems are related to poor attention as seen in anxiety states, sleep deprivation as in obstructive sleep apnea, or attention deficit disorder. Youn might want to see a neurologist so you can have your memory formally tested and go from there. ...Read more

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Age 28 years what can I do for memory loss?

Memory loss: Work with your doctor to explore the causes & treat those. ...Read more

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Progressive memory loss for a few years at 25 years old. What does this?

Progressive memory loss for a few years at 25 years old. What does this?

Many possibilities: Progressive memory loss at such a young age is concerning. There are many possible causes which may need to be ruled out. First, a complete history and detailed examination are called for. If the memory loss is deemed to be significant or is associated with any neurological symptoms, an MRI of the brain and full laboratory evaluation (including hormone levels) are often ordered as a start. ...Read more

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Short-term memory loss a definite with ageing?

Short-term memory loss a definite with ageing?

Not so.: About 50% of the elderly never develop dementia, but our intellectual faculties do slow as we get older. It may take a bit longer to recall facts, but short term memory loss is not a normal feature of aging. Lack of sleep, emotional stress, and poor nutrition can hurt focus and concentration. ...Read more

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At age 30, is it normal to have bad short term memory loss? What could this mean?

At age 30, is it normal to have bad short term memory loss? What could this mean?

Not normal: You should see your pcp about this complaint. There are many causes of short term memory problems in young patients. The most common is depression, anxiety disorder, or substance abuse but there are many other (organic) causes also, including vision change, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, etc. As you can see, this is a very broad topic and needs full discuss with a md. ...Read more

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What disease produces an onset of confusion and memory loss in a middle-aged person?

Could be : Early onset dementia. See a doctor or neuropsychologist for evaluation. They can set you on a track for a full diagnosis. ...Read more

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