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Doctor insights on: Memory Loss In Older People

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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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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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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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How to tell the difference between normal memory loss associated with getting older and a memory loss condition/disease?

How to tell the difference between normal memory loss associated with getting older and a memory loss condition/disease?

Neuropsychological: This can be more difficult than it seems and usually requires neuropsychological evaluation by a neuropsychologist, simple measures such as the mini-mental status exam mmse or usually insensitive to this differential but early detection is important for treatment. Since expected memory levels depend on age, and your normal abilities, simple screenings often miss decline in intelligent individuals. ...Read more

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Is getting "older" or being on antidepressants reasons for memory loss?

Is getting "older"  or being on antidepressants reasons for memory loss?

Both: Medications drain our body's vitamin stores. Anyone on medication should be taking a b complex supplement. Check out spectracell.Com as a test for micronutrients. Also check out mila and lifemax.Com. Try brain games, crossword puzzles, getting outside more to improve memory. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of leaving a 6 year old alone with a loving grandparent who has some memory loss?

What are the dangers of leaving a 6 year old alone with a loving grandparent who has some memory loss?

Who's sitting who ?: Some cultures consider kids competent to self monitor at 8y, but here most consider the teen yrs the earliest. An impaired adult may or may not fit expected supervision requirements depending on degree of impairment. If they are well functioning enough to live alone, recognize danger, obtain help are all needed skills. The child should not be relied on to perform those functions at 6. ...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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22 years old, memory loss-don't retain things as much as I should, not fully attentive, don't realize my body's needs, what could be causing this?

22 years old, memory loss-don't retain things as much as I should, not fully attentive, don't realize my body's needs, what could be causing this?

Many causes: Consult a doctor if memory loss is beginning to affect your ability to function on a day-to-day basis, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms. Noting what type of memory loss you have will help you and your doctor determine its cause. Many causes of memory loss are treatable if diagnosed early. If not diagnosed and treated, some illnesses will progress and make treatment more difficult. ...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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Anything I can do to improve my memory and prevent memory loss as I get older?

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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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

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I am having memory loss and hard time consentrating im a 27 year old male I am having a hard time remembering conversations I have and things that people tell me. I can not consentrate on anything anymore and this is all new.

I am having memory loss and hard time consentrating im a 27 year old male I am having a hard time remembering conversations I have and things that people tell me.
I can not consentrate on anything anymore and this is all new.

Memory : Memory problems are uncommon in young people. Often, difficulty remembering is not actually a memory problem but an attention and concentration problem: if you aren't paying attention to information you are processing, it never enters into your memory in the first place. Attention and concentration are learned skills that have to be practiced. Many aspects of modern lifestyle present challenges to attention and concentration: including radios, ipods, tvs, text messaging, computers, and habits like "multitasking". There are some cases in which attention and memory problems in young people may have a medical cause. These include depression, the effects of prescription and recreational drugs, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and (less common) brain tumors and acquired or inherited encephalopathies. A visit to a doctor can help determine if there is a medical cause for poor memory and concentration. ...Read more

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I am a 40 year old active female, im expericing as I type s sort of rigidity in my fingers, memory loss and severe back spasms, blurred vision?

I am a 40 year old active female, im expericing as I type s sort of rigidity in my fingers, memory loss and severe back spasms, blurred vision?

Rigid, Memory,Vison: The symptoms you mention indicate the need for you t see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. There are many possibilities. You can do it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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27 years old, severe insomnia, memory loss for 3 months- now headache- Do I have fatal insomnia?

Likely not: You are young and it is a rapidly progressive disease and in 3 months you would likely have other symptoms such as inattention, confusion, hallucinations, ataxia, myoclonus, and others. It often starts in midlife though there is a range. If you are really concerned, please see your neurologist for a thorough evaluation and workup of your memory loss, which is common with poor sleep. ...Read more

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30 yr old female. Been having very bad memory loss. Both short and long term memory being affected. Should I contact pcp?

30 yr old female.   Been having very bad memory loss.  Both short and long term memory being affected.  Should I contact pcp?

Many reasons: Could be due to sleep disorder, depression or stress, thyroid issues, vitamin deficiency, or even medication reaction. Can benefit by having your primary doctor sort all of this out. ...Read more

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I am 28yr old male w/ headaches for months. Bloodwork came back excellent. Headaches are everyday and now having short term memory loss/drowsiness?

I am  28yr old male w/ headaches for months. Bloodwork  came back excellent. Headaches are everyday and now having short term memory loss/drowsiness?

Headaches: Are you sleeping well? Are you under a lot of stress? Are you drinking enough water? If not, you need to work in these. It all could be tension headaches from a lot of stress. ...Read more

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Im facing memory loss and lack of concentration in school even though im still 17 yeards old.I'm not facing and king of deprission or using medicine?

ADHD or stressor: you might have ADHD attention deficit hyperacitivity disorder. Have you hit your head, if this continues see your primary care doctor and preferably a psychiatrist. They can rule out depression, anxiety and assess if this is caused by ADHD or something else. ...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?

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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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