What is Memory Difficulty?
Memory is the retention and recollection of ideas, experiences, thoughts and feelings over time. As an individual begins to age, they naturally lose about 85,000 brain cells in a single day, although this decline does not have to occur.
However, there are more serious forms of memory loss such as dementia, which includes a number of long-term degenerative diseases. Dementia is a general term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills.
Dementia and other serious memory disorders affect up to 10% of all people and can be negatively life-altering. An individual suffering from some form of dementia disease will struggle immensely with performing everyday tasks, and in most cases, will require the help of a caretaker. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease followed by vascular dementia.
How do you know if you have Dementia?
Simply forgetting people’s names once in a while or forgetting where you left something does not necessarily mean you have dementia, although it can mean mild cognitive decline. However, if you are progressively becoming forgetful and are beginning to show signs of declining cognitive abilities, then it is time to seek advice. If you are concerned that you may be developing signs of dementia or memory loss, we recommend you get help right away.
What causes Dementia or Mild Cognitive Decline (MCD)?
There is no single cause that results in memory or other forms of cognitive difficulties, but rather a combination of genetic and environmental factors. These include genes, poor nutrition, exposure to neurotoxins such as heavy metals or mycotoxins, substance abuse including smoking, traumatic brain injury, obesity, heart attack/stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, infections and metabolic abnormalities to name a few.
Symptoms of Dementia include:
Lack of coordination and low functioning motor functions
Confusion and disorientation
Depression and/or anxiety
There are many functional difficulties that arise from the development of dementia. Some of these difficulties make it impossible for an individual to live a proper and fulfilling life.
Dementia can cause:
Continued short- and long-term memory difficulties resulting in an inability to retain information in school
Difficulties working as a result of forgetting tasks, priorities, or other aspects of one’s job
Inability to work due to loss of body coordination and extreme memory loss
Heightened social difficulties such as forgetting names, people, faces, places, or events necessary to properly socialize or to be in social situations
Inability to communicate and socialize with others
How we can help:
Memory difficulties and dementia can be catastrophic since they can prevent an individual from being able to function normally. It can also lead to stress and difficulties within the individual’s close circle of friends and family.
Fortunately, there are various techniques for memory difficulties and memory loss, both in the short and long-term. The most effective of these are Neurofeedback, Functional Medicine, Psychotherapy, which work to improve the individual’s memory and brain functioning.