On: April 10, 2019 In: Disorder

Forgetfulness is a common condition among people as they get older. Misplacing keys, forgetting names, forgotten number, the occurrences increase with age. Memories stores, events lived starts fading away with time.

With age, the brain muscles weaken, the working of the brain gets slower resulting in loss of memory. Your lifestyle, habits, surrounding, daily activities affect your brain functioning. So in a few ones, memory is still as strong as in young age, whereas, some in old age complain a lot about forgetfulness.

3 causes of age-related memory loss

  • The hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in the formation and retrieval of memories, often deteriorates with age.
  • Hormones and proteins that protect and repair brain cells and stimulate neural growth also decline with age.
  • Older people often experience decreased blood flow to the brain, which can impair memory and lead to changes in cognitive skills.

Memory lapses have some effect on day-to-day activities, the patient has control on thoughts and activities in this condition. But they are not as quick as they used to be.

Memory loss is part of the Dementia condition in older adults.

Normal age-related memory changes Symptoms that may indicate dementia
Able to do things normally & independently Faces difficulty in performing simple tasks
Does understand the problem and recall the memory lapses Forgets easily about the condition and there is no memory of such incidents
Takes time to think of places and directions but doesn’t forget completely. Gets lost or disoriented even in familiar places; unable to follow directions
No trouble holding a conversation Confused in Words. Forgets words, names repeat stories and phrases.
No effect on Judgment and decision-making ability Poor judgment or behave in socially inappropriate ways

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