What is memory loss?
Memory loss, also known as amnesia, is unusual forgetting. It is a common disorder as people get older. With memory loss, the person cannot remember recent events of the past.
Memory loss can occur for a short period of time and then resolve. This is known as transient memory loss. However, depending on the cause, memory loss may not improve and actually get worse over time.
What symptoms does memory loss present?
The symptoms of memory loss that should be noted are:
- Difficulty carrying out daily activities
- Difficulty paying attention
- Mental confusion
- Vision problems
- Difficulty understanding language
- Slow movements
Causes of memory loss
Memory loss can be caused by many factors. It can result from an injury to the brain, which is caused by or is present after:
- Brain tumours
- Oncological treatments such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy
- Serious brain infections
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke
- Concussion or head injury
At other times, memory loss may be related to mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorder or after a traumatic or stressful experience.
Other causes of memory loss can be:
- Consumption of alcohol or other drugs
- Low levels of nutrients or vitamin B1 or B12
- Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis or Huntington's disease
What is the treatment for memory loss?
Although there is no treatment available to recover lost memory, the help of a speech therapist can be very useful to provide daily exercises designed to exercise memory. In addition, patients affected by memory loss need a lot of support from their family and friends to carry out their daily routines, especially if they need to take medication or follow a certain type of diet.