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HEALTH CONDITIONS

Age-Related Memory Impairment

Overview
Symptoms
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Treatment and Management
Doctors to Consult
Overview

Other names: Age-related Memory Impairment (AMI); Age-Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI)

Aging is associated with a decline in various memory abilities as well as in many cognitive and motor tasks. Memory decline manifests in both sexes and starts at ages 30 and above. This condition can be both aggravating and frustrating but they are due to the overwhelming information that is being taken in by the brain.

Causes

  • Physical / Physiological: head injury, sleep deprivation, infections, medication side effects, poor nutrition, inadequate vitamin and mineral supplementation, drug addiction and dependency, alcoholism, medications.
  • Psychological / Emotional: stress, anxiety, depression due to a traumatic life event.
Symptoms
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness and misplacing things often
  • Irritability
  • Mixing up words or trouble remembering a word
  • Neurological disorders (tremors, uncoordinated movements)

Conditions related to memory decline

  • Dementia or senility. A group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.
  • Alzheimer's disease. The most common form of dementia. A degenerative condition in which nerve cells in the brain die, making it difficult for the brain's signals to be transmitted properly. Common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include memory, judgment, and thinking impairment, which makes it hard for the person to work or take part in day-to-day life.
  • Amnesia. Memory loss that may be caused by head injury, stroke, substance abuse, or a traumatic emotional event.
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Forgetfulness, losing things often, and having more trouble coming up with words than other people of the same age are the common signs of MCI.
Risk Factors
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
  • Donepezil
  • Memantine
  • Rivastigmine
Treatment and Management
  • Stay mentally active
  • Avoid rushing and take time to do things
  • Socialize regularly
  • Get organized. Label important items
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine
  • Manage chronic conditions
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