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Memory Loss Causes

(Important note: There is a variety of factors or diseases that can result in reduced ability to remember things. The information below and elsewhere on this site is intended to be helpful but please remember that we are not qualified to give medical advice. If you believe that you have a memory problem that may be caused by a clinical condition then please contact your medical adviser).

It is undeniable that some people remember things better than others, and that as we go through life our ability to remember will change. Any malfunction or damage of the brain is going to result in a lesser ability to recall information. Forgetfulness occurs naturally the older we become, and we don’t tend to see memory loss as something out of the ordinary until we begin forgetting the things that are most important to us.

Temporary reduction in memory powers

Memory loss causes vary from person to person. Loss of memory can be a result of aging or it can be a result of physical illnesses that affect the brain. Often we become forgetful when our ability to concentrate is inhibited. Depression, anxiety, excessive alcohol consumption and certain medications can all cause these more temporary, or transient, forms of forgetfulness. (See “Memory Improvement“).

There are, however, more serious causes of memory loss, such as dementia.

Major memory loss causes

No-one should too easily assume that a deterioration in memory is caused by dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease. As mention above, there are many other possible memory loss causes such as stress, anxiety and depression. See the NHS Choices article (also referenced below) for more. Having said that, many people do suffer from clinical conditions causing dementia so we include the following paragraphs as helpful information.

Dementia is one of the most serious memory loss causes. It involves the steady deterioration of mental abilities and thought processing, and comes from a variety of sources including Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and other less common causes.

  • Alzheimer’s disease, reportedly the leading cause of half of all cases of dementia and affecting somewhere around half a million people in the UK, involves atrophy of the brain, reducing the quantity of neuro-fibres and neurotransmitters that send information from one part of the brain to the next. See this Alzheimer’s Society article for more information
  • Vascular dementia occurs, because tiny blood vessels in the brain block blood from entering into certain parts of the brain responsible for information processing and recall. These parts of the brain cannot survive without proper blood flow and, as a result, are severely damaged. Vascular dementia is responsible for around a quarter of all dementia cases.
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies is the third most common cause of dementia. Brain function deteriorates as a result of protein development inside nerve cells in the brain. These abnormal protein deposits interfere with normal brain activities, including cognitive thinking. See this article on the Alzheimer’s Society site.

It is important to recognize the signs of dementia in loved ones. A friend or family member could be suffering from dementia if there is an obvious loss in mental abilities, irrational changes in behavior and mood or if they have problems completing daily tasks. In such cases it is vital to consult a qualified medical practitioner.

There is no cure for dementia, but we can help prevent it and slow down its development. By exercising the brain with mental activities, like books, brain games, etc. the brain’s informational connections are helped to remain active and healthy. The benefits of mental gymnastics are profound. Take professional advice and don’t let memory loss affect you and the ones you love more than it needs to; exercise your brain and enhance your life. More ideas.

Memory Loss – Useful Links

We need to repeat once more that this site is not produced by qualified medical personnel and is designed only for general interest, providing what we trust will be helpful information. Here, however, are links to sites associated with healthcare professionals which we hope will be helpful: