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Doctor insights on: Sudden Memory Loss In The Elderly

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

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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


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What can cause sudden onset of short and long term memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Many things: A large number of things including illnesses, medications (including nonprescription medications) and other things can cause this. Anyone who experiences a sudden onset of a major symptom effecting the brain should see their doctor as soon as possible. Delirium is one of the most common and serious illnesses that can cause this in older adults. ...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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Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Yes: Remeron (mirtazapine) has been reported to cause confusion in about 2% of those taking it. Dementia is also a reported side effect, which would likely be associated with memory loss. Elderly patients are often more susceptible to such side effects. More information can be found at http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/remeron-side-effects.Html. ...Read more

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What could cause a 67 y.O. To suffer from from profound memory loss and confusion?

What could cause a 67 y.O. To suffer from from profound memory loss and confusion?

Memory loss: In a 67 year old person, the most common cause of memory loss would be alzheimer's dementia -- but there are other possibilities as well. If the memory loss and confusion appeared after a stroke, the problem could be vascular dementia. Alzheimer's has a more gradual course than vascular. With confusion, one would need to look especially at any medications being given -- many can worsen things. ...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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What could cause extreme memory loss?

What could cause extreme memory loss?

Many causes: There are far to many causes to list. If you are elderly a stroke or alzheimer's may at the top of the lust. ...Read more

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What disease has mci and memory loss?

What disease has mci and memory loss?

Alzheimers: Mild cognitive impairment is a label for the earliest memory or cognitive loss. Memory loss may occur initially in alzheimer's, organizational skill loss may occur early in other dementias, such as lewy body, and these are varieties of mci. Prodromal alzheimer's is now preferred term. Still use mci to denote early symptoms which lead to diagnosis. ...Read more

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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is a condition where you are unable to remember new events (anterograde amnesia) and/or you ...Read more


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Memory (Definition)

Memory is the ability to recall information ...Read more