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Memory Loss in Seniors

Most seniors fear memory loss. It’s scary to think about not having all the memories, both good and bad, that you’ve collected over a lifetime. Luckily, memory loss does not always have to be something to be expected with aging. Your brain can produce new cells, no matter how old you are. However, just like with any muscle, you must use your brain to encourage it to continue producing cells and keep your memory.

However, memory lapses can occur with aging. Memory lapses occur when you temporarily forget something (perhaps the name of the show you watched) or when it takes you longer to recall something. Typically, when given time, you will be able to recall that information. This is a normal function of aging and is not memory loss, but rather the brain function slowing down from what it used to be.

Memory Loss and Dementia

Memory loss is commonly associated with dementia. However, there is a difference between age-related memory loss and dementia. Age-related memory loss and memory lapses are not and should not be disabling, whereas dementia is a disabling disease. See our page for more information on dementia.

Maintaining Your Memory

Here are some tips for maintaining your memory:

These are just a couple of tips for maintaining your memory. Your doctor may suggest even more tips or others that fit in with your lifestyle.

Reversible Memory Loss

Some problems, like acute illnesses, depression, or chronic problems with an organ system, can cause memory loss which can sometimes be reversed with the treatment of those problems.

If you are looking for more information for seniors, see our Health Library.