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Some Potential Causes Of Memory Loss Or Cognitive Decline

Posted Jul 13 2008 12:04pm
So what actually causes memory loss or cognitive decline? The answer is complicated. Some things we know about. Others are speculative. Our scientists are making continuous progress in identifying potential causes, but lots more research remains to be done.

In the meantime, here are some of the more recognized ones as compiled by Jean Bandos, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC Research Director at "My Health Care Manager," a national company that helps seniors and their families manage the complexities of older adult life.

*Medication with polypharmacy and drug interactions- if an older adult is on multiple medications and is experiencing memory issues, they should have a pharmacist or physician assess each medication.

*Infection- i.e. Urinary Tract Infection –is often a primary cause for memory decline. Urinary tract infection is the most frequent cause.

*Dehydration- not drinking enough water will cause memory decline.

*Emotional stress or depression – with the elderly a diagnosis of dementia is sometimes given when it is actually depression. If true depression is treated then memory should return.

*Pain is underreported in elderly and causes a decline in memory.

*Alcoholism can cause serious memory loss.

Bob Tell
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