From time to time, everyone gets forgetful. Whether you’ve forgotten to make an important phone call, or misplaced your wallet. Acute memory loss, as well as mild cognitive impairment are common part of aging.
However, there is a difference between age related memory loss, and that caused by conditions such as alzheimer’s, and other dementia conditions. Some memory loss is even a symptom of other treatable conditions. In this article we will discuss a few common causes of memory loss in aging and elderly women.
Most of these conditions can be treated.
A number of prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter medications can interfere with cognitive function, or cause loss of memory. Some types of medications that have been known to cause these symptoms include antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and narcotic pain medications such as percocet and vicodin, which are commonly prescribed after surgery or injury.
Other causes of reversible memory loss can include:
According to an article from everydayhealth.com:
“Whether you are just starting menopause or are smack in the middle of it, you may feel like you’re walking around in a brain fg
The article goes on to explain that during menopause, fluctuating levels of estrogen and other hormones can cause hot flashes, depression, and mood swings, and other symptoms. Sleep disturbances caused by menopause symptoms may also contribute to “brain fog”. However, the fluctuation of estrogen levels is also thought to affect the brain because estrogen contributes to language skills, attention, mood, memory, etc.
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms, including memory impairment, reasoning, judgment, language and other thinking skills
Although there are many causes of dementia; blood vessel disease, drug and alcohol abuse, and even brain damage, the most common and familiar dementia related conditions are vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While there are certain similarities in the way symptoms of these conditions present themselves, the differences between Alzheimer’s disease vs vascular dementia are fairly simple:
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by a progressive loss of brain cells and other irregularities of the brain, whereas vascular dementia is a decline in thinking skills caused by conditions that block or reduce blood flow to the brain, depriving brain cells of vital oxygen and nutrients, thus affecting cognitive function, as well as memory.
Coping with memory loss and the possible onset of dementia can be difficult to say the least. Some people attempt to hide memory problems, and some family members or friends compensate for a person’s loss of memory, sometimes without being aware of how much they’ve adapted to the impairment. Getting a prompt diagnosis is important, even if it presents as a challenge. Identifying a reversible cause of memory impairment is of utmost importance because it enables you to get appropriate treatment.
Furthermore. Your doctor can help locate community programs and organizations to help you cope with memory loss and other dementia symptoms. If a loved one or family member is affected by these symptoms, it may be time to consider an appropriate assisted living solution to ensure the health and wellbeing of the individual.
If you have any experience with a loved one who has experienced moderate to severe memory loss as a result of these, or other conditions, leave a comment and share your experience in section below.