Have you noticed that grandma or grandpa has been forgetful lately? Whether it is information recently learned or an event that will come up around the corner, the old soul will definitely find a way to forget such information. Why is that so? And what are the ways to stop them from failing to remember?
Research has it that it is typical for the elderly to experience memory loss as it is just a normal part of growing old. But if you are in the senior’s shoe, it is definitely inconvenient o forget stuff, most especially important ones such as your grandchild’s name, your appointment to the doctor and the places you have been.
As a caregiver and/or family member, we also experience this inconvenience because we feel the need to check up on the elderly family member from time to time in order to protect their safety and their overall well-being.
Bright Home Health Care, an in-home care in Carrolton Texas, will share everything we know about memory loss that you need to know.
What is memory loss?
“Memory loss is unusual forgetfulness. You may not be able to remember new events, recall one or more memories of the past, or both. The memory loss may be for a short time and then resolve (transient). Or, it may not go away, and, depending on the cause, it can get worse over time.”
What are the causes of memory loss?
According to www.nhs.uk, the following are the most common causes of memory loss or sudden confusion:
- Lack of oxygen (also known as hypoxia)
- the cause could be anything from a severe asthma attack to a problem with the lungs or heart
- An infection anywhere in the body, especially in elderly people.
- A stroke or TIA (“mini stroke”)
- A low blood sugar level (hypoglycaemia)
How can we help our elderly prevent memory loss?
In order to help prevent your grandparent/s, parent/s or loved ones prevent memory loss; WebMD lists “9 Brain Boosters to Prevent Memory Loss”:
- Getting physical
“Exercise can help prevent things that can lead to memory loss, such as:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Some studies suggest physical activity also triggers the release of a protein called BDNF that promotes healthy nerve cells in the brain. That could give your memory a boost.” (WebMD)
- Follow a Mediterranean diet
“One study found people who closely followed this diet were nearly 20% less likely to have thinking and memory problems.” – WebMD
- Challenge your mind
Engage in mental activities such as:
- Playing chess
- Solving puzzles
- Watching sports
- And other activities that allow you to tickle your mind
- Stay social
It is common for seniors to be isolated due to their condition and when they are isolated, they could be more prone to depression which could lead to memory loss.
- Have a better sleep
Follow the following tips WebMD lays out for us to have a good night’s rest:
- Avoid eating big meals before bedtime
- Go to bed the same time as you wake up in the morning
If you sleep at 8 in the evening, wake up at 8 in the morning.
- Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol at hours close to your bedtime.
- Do not smoke or take in other forms of nicotine.
- Manage stress
You can try out meditation, massage or yoga in order to manage your stress.
- Quit smoking
“Smoking speeds up memory loss as you age. If you smoke, quit.
Smoking’s effect on memory is probably due to small strokes it can cause in the brain, Turner says. Try nicotine replacement, medicine, or counseling to help you kick the habit for good.” – WebMD
- Visit your doctor
Nothing beats memory loss than going to your doctor’s appointment. These healthcare professionals are capable of running test to help you decrease your risk of memory loss.
- Use memory tricks
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