Short Memory Loss: What is normal and what is not!

Many people have trouble with short memory loss – this does not mean we have Alzheimer. In fact, most do not.

There are memory problems that aren’t part of the aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older.

We tend to forget the things that we actually want to forget. But this is not always the case. Sometimes we cannot remember things that we ought to. 

Like the other day I was not being able to recall where I placed my car key.  With frustration and anger, I desperately kept on searching in my mind where I could possibly placed it for the utmost safekeeping when my wife accidentally bumped on it behind a volume of magazines on the book shelf. 

And it was inevitably followed by a roll of laughter and joking comments on my poor ability to remember the mundane things. 

Little incidences like this involving forgetfulness which we shake off by laughing over it may actually be the indication of some complex problems of memory loss. Still it’s advisable not to worry unnecessarily. 

If you feel it is happening much often than you used to, you should address it adequately to know whether there is any disorder taking place in your brain. Learn more about our brain… 

How our brain work! 

If you continuing reading this article you’ll begin to discover that your short memory loss is perfectly normal. 

Our brain has this amazing ability to store information in different parts of our memory. 

Memory can be classified into short term, long term and recent memories. The brain can store the information for a very long time. 

To prove this fact just dive down into the remote memory lane and you are sure to find out the pieces of pictures associated with your childhood days. 

Now as you progress in your age, the pattern of information storage of your brain also starts changing and it gradually becomes more difficult to recall stored information. 

 As you reach the age of twenty, your brain starts to lose some of its cells and the body also does not produce the chemicals needed for brain work in the same amount as before. In this instance, nutrition is therefore necessary to assemble new memory traces. 

These changes affect the ways how you remember the things and the older you are, the more they affect your memory. While the short-term and remote memories remain unaffected by aging, recent memories may sometime betray you.  

As for example, at certain age we often tend to forget names of people we’ve met recently. Well, do not get panicked, these are only normal changes. 

However, there may be some other memory loss causes besides aging and they include anxiety, stress, and brain injury, effects of alcohol, illnesses, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and side effects of drugs.  

When you know you memory loss is not normal? 

The answer to any memory loss may be your cause of alarm when it significantly disrupts your daily life. 

Here are memory problems that aren’t part of normal aging 

  • Forgetting things much more often than you used to
  • Forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times before
  • Trouble learning new things
  • Repeating phrases or stories in the same conversation
  • Trouble making choices or handling money
  • Not being able to keep track of what happens each day 

Remember, serious problems related to memory loss get worse over time. 

So if you feel, you are suffering from some short memory loss related problems that are not usual, see a doctor immediately.

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