Memory disorders can be disorders of cognition, the ability to remember, reason, make decisions and communicate.
Memories of this can be caused by one or more factors. Such factors may include-
- substance abuse
- heredity (inheriting genes associated with Alzheimer's or Huntington's disease)
- narrowing of the arteries that provide blood flow to the brain
- cardiovascular disease
- untreated infectious or metabolic disease
- brain tumors
- vitamin deficiencies.
The memory disorders may appear at different times and in different ways. Some of them may appear suddenly and some others may be present years before symptoms become apparent. If you visit a skilled neurologist, he/she can help you by deciding whether the progression of memory disorder can be slowed or even reversed entirely.
Types of memory disorders
There are different types of memory disorders available. More than 100 health conditions are associated with cognitive decline. Then maybe problems with the ability to reason, remember, make decisions and communicate.
Some of the most common memory disorders include Alzheimer's disease, autoimmune encephalopathy, dementia, front temporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, mild cognitive impairment, vascular cognitive impairment and many others.
People occasionally experience forgetfulness. Mild memory loss generally increase with age and there is no cause for concern but progressive memory loss due to illnesses can be serious. Many cases of memory loss are treatable if they are diagnosed early. If there is no diagnosis and no treatment done for such problems, they may progress and make treatment more difficult.
Memory loss and ageing
With age, memory lapses may happen from time to time. You may forget the name of people you just met or you may misplace things more often. You may also need to use lists and calendars to remember things to do and appointments.
Coping with memory loss
If you are suffering from memory loss problem, how can you cope with it? You will need to make some simple adjustments in your life if your memory is not as sharp as it once was. Such simple adjustments may include using lists for chores. You may also need to have a checklist of medications and when to take them. You can use a pill sorter. You will find that easily at the local pharmacy or in different online websites. Such small tools are useful in helping you to remember whether or not you have taken your medicine.
If you tend to forget phone numbers and addresses, you can always write them down in an address book. It is also important to keep your address book and calendar up-to-date. People who have memory problems can leave better by organising their home so that it is easier to manage and they can easily find things when they need.
Being socially active and engaging in hopeless you enjoyed will also help you to feel better and reduce stress. Such activities will also help you to exercise your brain and that will help you to keep your memory functional and prevent more decline. If your memory loss is progressing are becoming severe, it is very important to make an appointment with your doctor.