Determine What Type of Memory Loss you are Experiencing
Edited by Lor777, Innocent Yogo, Marian Raquel F. Roncesvalles, Lynn
Growing older does not mean losing the ability to think, reason or remember. Many older adults worry when they feel confused or forgetful, concerned that these are signs of dementia or senility. Senility actually just means "old age."
Your brain selects and stores information or memory into three categories, each with its own purpose. Short-term memory is temporary. You look up a phone number and only remember it as long as it takes to place the call. Long-term recent memory allows you to recollect events of the past few days. A long-term remote memory holds your distant memories and bulk of knowledge. You could call remote memory the "database" of your life.
As a common experience in the course of aging, the ability to recall long-term recent events may decline. Stress, depression, and other factors can impact memory temporarily. Staying active and challenging your memory can help keep this decline to a minimum.
How to Sharpen Your Memory
- 1Exercise your brain. Crossword puzzles and card games that require memory skills (like Concentration and bridge) are good.Advertisement
- 2Build your day around a routine.Advertisement
- 3Make grocery, birthday, and things-to-do lists.
- 4Make associations. If your wedding anniversary is October 10, think: "The minister was 10 minutes late."
- 5Practice. When you meet a new person, pay attention to the name. Try to use it right away: "Nice to meet you, Hank."
- 6Relax. Excessive worrying about whether you're losing your memory can be distracting and actually make you memory worse.
Dementia is a serious decline in memory. Those with dementia forget whole events, not just the minor details. In the early stages, symptoms may be subtle. Over time, loss of mental powers becomes obvious. Recognition of people, places, or objects becomes difficult. Words and numbers can be hard or impossible to use. Disorientation can occur. Personalities alter. Some causes of treatable dementia include poor nutrition, medications, brain tumors, and certain other diseases, such as Parkinson's disease.
Alzheimer's disease and multiple-infarct dementia are responsible for two-thirds of all cases of dementia. Alzheimer's causes a slow, steady decline in mental powers, and is the most common cause of dementia. Although it can occur at any age, it is more common in later years. There is no current cure for this ultimately fatal disease. Researchers, however, are learning more about the disease all the time. Multiple-infarct dementia, on the other hand is a result of small strokes (infarcts) that destroy brain tissue. The decline occurs in stages.
How to Create a Safe and Orderly Home Environment for Someone with Dementia
- 1Lock away chemicals, drugs, and other potentially harmful substances.
If behavior problems arise, try to divert interest to something else such as food, a colorful book, or a loving pet. Always encourage the person to live life to the fullest potential. Daily routines, gatherings with friends, and memory aids all help maintain person dignity. It's equally important to remember that the caregiver has special needs and considerations as well.
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- Memory loss is not necessarily serious.
- Talk with a doctor if someone you know is having increasing symptoms of dementia.
- Some causes of dementia can be treated.
- Relaxation techniques may be helpful to sharpen your memory.
Questions and Answers
What home remedies help reverse dementia in the brain?
Having been closely linked to Alzheimer's disease, dementia is one of the most dreaded medical conditions. It is said to be not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of many other nervous system illnesses. Close to 60 percent of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can also exhibit dementia symptoms. Other causative factors include hydrocephalus, stroke, folate and vitamin B12 deficiencies, Huntington's disease, Lewy body disease, Parkinson's disease, illegal substance abuse, and traumatic head injuries, and more.
Many people are now looking into alternative or natural remedies that can be done right at home to ensure the safety and well-being of their loved ones who are suffering from dementia. Here are some of the top home remedies for dementia patients:
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