‌Memory lapse and Methods of Recovery



Many older adults worry about their memory and other thinking abilities. For example, they might be concerned about taking longer than before to learn new things, or they may sometimes forget to pay a bill. These changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness — often a normal part of aging — not serious memory problems.

Everyone forgets things at times. Perhaps you misplace your car keys or forget the name of a person you just met.

Some degree of memory problems, as well as a modest decline in other thinking skills, is a fairly common part of aging. There's a difference, however, between normal changes in memory and memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. And some memory problems are the result of treatable conditions.

Diet choices play a role in memory. Research shows that:

  • A balanced nutritious diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low fat protein is recommended

  • Eating less food that contains added sugar and refined carbohydrates is helpful

  • Fish oil supplements have been found to improve memory

  • Diet is important because obesity is associated with memory decline

  • Reducing alcohol consumption is important

  • Vitamin D is implicated in cognitive functions such as memory

  • Consuming food rich in antioxidants such as curcumin is encouraged to prevent memory lapse

  • Cocoa is associated with enhanced memory functioning




Causes of Lapse in Memory

Here are some of the more common things that can cause memory decline:

  • Medications. A number of prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with or cause loss of memory. Possible culprits include: antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and pain medications given after surgery.

  • Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use. Excessive alcohol use has long been recognized as a cause of memory lapse.

  • Smoking harms memory by reducing the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain. Studies have shown that people who smoke find it more difficult to put faces with names than do nonsmokers. Illegal drugs can change chemicals in the brain that can make it hard to recall memories.

  • Sleep deprivation. Both quantity and quality of sleep are important to memory. Getting too little sleep or waking frequently in the night can lead to fatigue, which interferes with the ability to consolidate and retrieve information.

  • Depression and stress. Being depressed can make it difficult to pay attention and focus, which can affect memory. Stress and anxiety can also get in the way of concentration. When you are tense and your mind is overstimulated or distracted, your ability to remember can suffer. Stress caused by emotional trauma can also lead to memory decline.


Treatment for the Lapse in Memory

Treatment for memory lapse depends on the cause. In many cases, it may be reversible with treatment. For example, memory loss from medications may resolve with a change in medication. Nutritional supplements can be useful against memory loss caused by a nutritional deficiency. And treating depression may be helpful for memory when depression is a factor. In some cases -- such as following a stroke -- therapy may help people remember how to do certain tasks such as walking or tying shoes. In others, memory may improve over time.

Treatments may also be specific to con


ditions related to memory lapse. For example, drugs are available to treat memory problems related to Alzheimer's disease, and drugs to help lower blood pressure can help reduce the risk of more brain damage from dementia related to high blood pressure.


What are the Tips to Improve Your Memory?

Memory can be improved by including the following regimens in daily life:

  • Exercise helps to improve blood circulation throughout the body including the brain

  • Mentally stimulating activities such as doing puzzles, crosswords and learning new skills can help

  • Meditation and mindfulness improve concentration and memory capacity

  • Healthy sleep schedules are crucial in maintaining memory

  • Social interaction can help maintain memory by preventing conditions such as stress and depression

  • Obtaining appropriate treatment for comorbid conditions and regular review of medicines


References:


Memory Loss, By Mary Anne Dunkin, Published August 26, 2021

https://www.webmd.com/brain/memory-loss Memory Loss - Can it be Recovered, By Anita Ramesh, Updated on 7 Dec 2021

https://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/memory-loss-can-it-be-recovered.htm#:~:text=A%20balanced%20nutritious%20diet%20with,is%20associated%20with%20memory%20decline


 

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