Memory loss: between age and disease

Written by: Dr. Juan Antonio Barios Heredero
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Edited by: Top Doctors®

As the years pass we all start to suffer everyday oversights. It takes us longer to learn something, do not find the name of an actor, the more easily we lose the glasses or not remember where we parked the car the day before.

memory loss They are generally mild problems of poor memory more serious problems, such as Alzheimer's. In fact, about 40% of healthy people over 65 suffer everyday oversights in what is known as "loss or alteration of age-related memory".

Only a small percentage of these people will suffer in the future some form of dementia, which already affected the memory of most severe, and where other higher cortical functions are altered: the language, judgment, calculation, orientation, emotional control, etc..

Therefore, mild memory loss associated with age should not worry more than other common signs of aging, not so different from presbyopia or presbycusis. Still, we can see a specialist to find out for sure.

There are different ways to prevent memory disorders:

  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle: doing exercise, reducing stress and avoiding snuff and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Sleep hygiene: adequate amount of sleep is essential for proper consolidation of memories.
  • Maintain mental activity: read or consider intellectual challenges, learning languages, doing crosswords and puzzles ...
  • Foster social ties.
  • Maintain regular contact with your doctor or specialist to control and reduce cardiovascular risk factors, including blood pressure.

It is important to remember that the brain is like a muscle, and as such, we must use it to keep in shape.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Juan Antonio Barios Heredero
Neurophysiology

Dr. Barios is a specialist in Clinical Neurophysiology (performing electromyography, isolated fiber study, evoked potentials, pelvic floor ..) with extensive experience in medical care in public and private centers. He has also participated in articles and book chapters related to his specialty, and has co-investigated different clinical and basic research projects. He has also participated in R & D projects, such as the characterization of electrophysiological alterations in relation to hyperammonemia, the program of R & D activities between research groups in Biosciences of the Community of Madrid in Biomedical Engineering, modulation by the PH of the electrical transmission mediated by the conexin-36, and the EEG wireless monitoring in renal patients.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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