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Memory Loss

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Prima Medicine

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Fairfax, VA, South Riding, VA & Merrifield, VA

It is not uncommon for some people to experience difficulty remembering certain things as they get older. This forgetfulness is called memory loss and encompasses a wide range of conditions. It is very important to detect memory loss at an early stage, as treatments are available. The team of doctors and nurse practitioners at Prima Medicine in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, provide expert and compassionate care to their memory loss patients. Call or go online today to schedule your appointment.

Memory Loss Q & A

What is memory loss?

Memory loss is a term that encompasses a wide range of possible conditions that are characterized by difficulty remembering simple things. This can present itself as trouble remembering names and faces, asking the same question repeatedly, getting disoriented in time or space, and neglecting simple self-care habits like personal hygiene or proper nutrition.

While this memory loss is often frustrating and disorienting for the patient, it can also be difficult for the patient’s family to deal with.

What are the different kinds of memory loss?

As mentioned previously, memory loss refers to a wide range of conditions. Some of these are temporary and treatable, and some are more permanent.

Temporary forms of memory loss can be caused by:

  • High fever
  • Dehydration
  • Poor nutrition
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Problems with the thyroid gland
  • Negative reactions to medication

Dementia is a more permanent form of brain disease and is often what people think of when they think of memory loss. In addition, certain psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression can cause memory impairment.

It’s important to properly diagnose the cause of memory loss in order to create an appropriate treatment plan.

What is dementia?

Dementia refers to a group of brain diseases, including the two most common ones, Alzheimer’s disease and multi-infarct dementia. Both of these cause permanent damage to the brain, resulting in memory loss, mood and personality changes, and serious impairment in thinking.

While dementia cannot be cured as of right now, it is still very important to seek medical care in order to help manage the symptoms.

What treatments are available for memory loss?

Many treatments are available for those experiencing memory loss depending on the cause. For those who are experiencing difficulty remembering things secondary to anxiety, depression, and other psychological illness, treating the underlying condition can help improve memory. The same is true for those whose memory loss is due to fever, malnutrition, thyroid issues, and other conditions.

For those who have some form of dementia, medications are available that can slow the progress of the disease. It’s also important to obtain supportive care that helps patients continue with their daily activities and provides support for family members involved in their care.

If you or a loved one are experiencing memory loss, the first step is to seek help from a qualified medical professional. Call or go online today to schedule your appointment with the team of compassionate doctors and nurse practitioners at Prima Medicine.