Why does memory loss occur with aging?

Aging gracefully is very important. It's not only important to look good but also to feel good as we age. Let us check out why memory loss occurs with aging.

Memory loss is a very common feature as we age. Many geriatric populations have experienced and witnessed it. Memory loss is an expected part of the aging process.

Forgetting names, recent conversations, and objects placed by oneself like keys are considered within the normal range at times as part and parcel of aging. But, if this takes an aggressive route like impairing memory function and starts interfering with daily routine, it's time to take it seriously and consult your doctor before it's too late. 

Memory issues can start impairing your brain functioning and overall lifestyle. It can cause a negative impact on the body hampering the overall well-being and making you dependent. 

Let us check out how memory loss issues can impact your overall health. 

Impact of memory loss on health

Memory loss may start with mild symptoms and slowly progress towards severity causing major issues which may be difficult to deal with. Memory loss can have a negative impact on health causing the following troubles which may be impacted by aging- 

  • Mood changes and mood swings 
  • Loss of interest in daily activities 
  • Depression and sadness 
  • Hopeless 
  • Lack of human and social interaction 
  • Increased anger 
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Restless legs 
  • Sleep behavioral issues like night terrors and dreams

What are the common neurodegenerative disorders that cause memory loss?

The common neurodegenerative disorders which cause memory loss are as follows- 

  • Alzheimer’s disease of frontotemporal variant 
  • Vascular disease with lack of blood circulation 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Motor neuron disease 
  • Degenerative ataxias 
  • Small numbers of muscle diseases like muscular dystrophy 

As per the Institute of Neurosciences, India, there are around 40-60 patients per week with neurodegenerative disorders. The numbers have gone up due to better diagnosis, health awareness, and increased life expectancy. Patients with any kind of memory loss should be investigated at an early stage to prevent the deterioration of memory issues. Every 3-4 patients out of a total of 10 patients have some or other form of neuro-degenerative disorders. 

Warning signals of neurodegenerative disorders

The warning signals of neurodegenerative disorders are as follows- 

  • Slowness in the body movements 
  • Subtle memory loss 
  • Change in behavior or personality 
  • Change in gait and speech 
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Inability to perform the dextrous task 
  • Difficult to focus or concentrate
  • Tremors of hands and legs, 
  • Weakness of muscles and nerves

Prevention of memory loss with aging

Everything depends on the cognitive activity. It is important to opt for mentally challenging activities to stimulate the cognition process. Brain exercises are the best solution to prevent memory loss. Try the following type of brain exercises which are as follows- 

  • Crosswords 
  • Puzzles 
  • Learn new skills 
  • Socialize with people 
  • Plan events at home 
  • Organize your day 
  • Keep yourself occupied
  • Learn new vocabulary or language 
  • Engage in daily aerobic exercise
  • Meditation can help


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Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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