What Causes Memory Problems?

@Gabugs (1763)
United States
April 24, 2016 4:48pm CST
Scientists believe that with aging, the human brain could decrease in size and lose some of its efficacy. It has been found that with every decade of life, in the region of the brain known as ‘hippo-campus,’ there is a 5% decrease of nerve cells totaling 20% by the time a person reaches age 80. In some cases, the process could begin early incurring partial lapses in memory. If not adequately recognized and treated, this could escalate in total memory loss. Apart from aging, there could be other related issues that could cause memory problems. Significant changes in the functioning of the brain could occur. These changes, could lead to acute loss of brain cells in certain regions of the brain associated with memory. The production of chemicals required by our brain cells could begin to diminish leading to declining of memory. There could also be changes in the manner in which information is stored which could adversely affect our memory. Other factors like depression, excessive smoking and drinking, head injury caused by accidents or stroke, could also destroy the nerve cells and cause memory problems.
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@Missmwngi (10035)
• Nairobi, Kenya
24 Apr 16
What about those who do not loose memory even at old age
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@marlina (73882)
• Canada
24 Apr 16
That's right, what about those lucky ones?
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@Missmwngi (10035)
• Nairobi, Kenya
24 Apr 16
@marlina They got to do more research and tell us
@Gabugs (1763)
• United States
25 Apr 16
@misswingi We need to commend those people wholeheartedly. Are you both one of those @marlina
@mom210 (6761)
• Atlanta, Georgia
9 May 16
I am finding some memory loss happening now, I have been meaning to look up how much is normal or what I should be doing about it. I will be talking and completely forget what I was saying, losing my train of though. Also I forget simple words when I am talking like names of food or a city I have been to. I used to remember phone numbers and zip codes we lived in 20 years ago, now nope
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@Gabugs (1763)
• United States
10 May 16
I sure understand your concerns @210 This slowing of memory does happen as we begin to age. But it can be arrested. Please read the suggestions offered here. But you also need to draw attention of your primary physician. He/she could refer you to a specialist.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Apr 16
I had something really clever to say here but I've forgotten what it was.
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@Gabugs (1763)
• United States
25 Apr 16
Your comment was truly hilarious @judyev
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@jstory07 (67181)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Apr 16
Excessive smoking and drinking could destroy the nerve cells and could really cause memory problems.
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@Gabugs (1763)
• United States
25 Apr 16
@jstory07 Thanks so much for your valuable input.