Everyone of us have forgotten a name at some time or another, where we put our keys, or if we’ve already locked the car. It’s normal to forget things once in a while. However, forgetting how to do basic things like using the telephone, or how to ﬁnd your way home may be signs of a more serious memory problem.
The following information comes to us from the book titled; Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook. The book can be found at Scribd’s website and read for free online. While the content was altered slightly so as to avoid copyright infringement, the punchline remains the same. We hope you find it a valuable source of information.
Differences between Mild Forgetfulness and More Serious Memory Problems
What is mild forgetfulness?
It is true that some of us get more forgetful as we age. It may take longer and be more challenging to learn new things, remember certain words, or ﬁnd our wallets or purse. Most of the time, these changes are signs of mild forgetfulness and not serious memory problems.
Should you be unsure, schedule a visit with your doctor about your forgetfulness. Such a visit could be reassuring should you be given clarity upon your situation.
What can I do about mild forgetfulness?
There are a number of things you can do to help keep your memory sharp and to stay alert. Here are a few ways to help your memory:
- Learn a new skill, try a new recipe, etc
- Become more involved in your community, at a school, or at your place of worship
- Spend more quality time with friends and family
- Use memory aids such as calendars, to-do lists, and notes
- Put your wallet or purse, and other important items in the same place each day
- Make sure to rest well and sleep properly
- Exercise regularly and eat well-balanced nutritious meals
- Don’t drink too much alcohol
- Get help if you feel depressed for weeks at a time
What is a serious memory problem?
Serious memory problems make it hard to do everyday things. Ex, you may ﬁnd it challenging to drive, shop, or even talk with a friend. Signs of serious memory problems could include the following:
- Getting lost or confused about directions in places you know well
- Asking the same questions over and over again
- Not being able to take care of yourself; eating poorly, not bathing, or being unsafe
- Not being able to follow directions
- Becoming more confused about time, people, and places
What can I do about serious memory problems?
You can see your doctor if you are having problems. It’s important to ﬁnd out what might be causing a serious memory problem as there may be countless causes to your memory impairment from medication to blood pressure to depression. See our blog post titled; 9 Treatable Causes of Dementia
Once you know the cause, you can take action and/or get the appropriate treatment.
Serious Memory Problems: Causes and Treatments
Certain medical conditions can cause serious memory problems. These problems should go away once you get treatment. Some medical conditions that may cause memory problems are the following:
- Bad reactions to certain medications
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Head injury, such as concussion from a fall or accident
- Severe Trauma
- Not eating enough healthy foods, or too few vitamins and minerals in your body
- Blood clots or tumors in the brain
- Thyroid, kidney, or liver problems
- Hearing Loss
- Water on the brain (Normal-pressure hydrocephalus)
- Heart and/or lung problems
- Urinary Tract Infection
These medical conditions are serious so see your doctor for treatment. Some emotional problems in older people can cause serious memory problems. Thus feeling sad, lonely, worried, or bored can cause you to be confused and forgetful. You may need to see a counselor for treatment. Do you know the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?