Age-Related Memory Loss. Should I or My Family Be Concerned?

age related memory loss

A supplement for maintaining memory health can give a real piece of mind to seniors, family members and caregivers. When our loved ones reach a certain age, our level of stress and concerns becomes more present. The elderly become more vulnerable and more susceptible to age-related memory loss issues. We care so we try to find easy and appropriate health solutions. For many older adults, losing their memory, thinking and learning abilities is worrisome. Memory is very complex and challenges are sometimes hard to identify. Memory supplements may help reduce some obvious symptoms and support normal brain function. Choosing one may not be as easy as you think, considering the many different kinds and brands of memory-enhancing supplements available. However, there is a growing trend towards “natural” supplements such as Inflawell Memory Support by Kondor Pharma. The supplement is made of Boswellia serrata and Bacopa monnieri plant ingredients that have been scientifically proven to support memory and brain function.

Short-Term Memory Loss in the Elderly

Short-term memory also called working memory, allows you to hold a small amount of new information briefly. They can last for seconds if you’re not actively trying to retain the details. It could be the lottery numbers that just came out or an address that you just heard.
If you experience short-term memory loss, it means you forget things you recently saw, heard, or did, but can remember your 18th birthday. These events are usually signs of mild forgetfulness that is a normal part of aging and commonly seen in people who are 65-74 years old according to the National Institute on Aging.
Our brain has a limited capacity to store short-term memories, so more you have more room you need. As a result, short-term items are constantly replaced, and our brain adapts. With age comes several memory changes that make our brain less receptive to new information. Therefore, some older adults take longer to learn new things or process new information. Memory lapses are a normal part of aging and don’t always mean dementia and more particularly Alzheimer’s disease. There could be other causes, which may include:

  • Medical conditions (e.g., brain tumors)
  • Brain injury
  • Mental disorders (e.g., depression)
  • Dementia or Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Side effects of medication
  • Thyroid problems
  • Vitamin B-12 deficiency
  • Alcoholism

Longer-Term Memory Gaps

Long-term memory refers to how the brain stores information over time. People who struggle with longer-term memory gaps have trouble remembering information when they need it. As a normal part of aging, memory gets weaker and some things get harder to remember or recall.  But long-term memory loss can also be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, other dementia types, brain trauma or injury, stroke, seizures, stress, medical or illicit drug abuse, B-12 vitamin deficiency, alcohol abuse, and other medical conditions.

People who have trouble remembering information learned during their lifetime may notice the following early memory loss signs:

  • Increasing or new forgetfulness that is unexplained
  • Frequently forgetting well-known information such as major life events
  • Trouble remembering frequently used information
  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Forgetting common words or names of familiar objects
  • Mood or behavior changes, e.g., increased irritability
  • Asking the same questions several times

These symptoms are worrisome if they affect your quality of life, your ability to work, live independently or maintain social activities.

Diagnostic of Memory Loss in Old Age

Your doctor can diagnose age-related memory loss through routine physical and neurological exams and can refer you to a brain specialist to evaluate different brain and memory functions. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, medical conditions, and family history. Diagnostic tests will be done to assess things like your memory, senses, reflexes, orientation, ability to think, concentrate, and make decisions. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) may be also performed to screen for signs of brain or memory-related disorders.

Signs of Pathological Aging

Aging is classified as “normal” (primary aging) and “pathological” (secondary aging). Secondary aging refers to age-related changes that are caused by diseases or disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s disease, and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). Not everyone will experience pathological aging. Signs of pathological aging include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion, e.g., forgetting what objects are used for
  • Trouble reasoning
  • Repeating questions
  • Language problems
  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Trouble communicating or learning new things
  • Inability to complete complex or routine tasks such as paying bills or washing the dishes

If you’re experiencing short or long-term age-related memory loss challenges, your doctor may recommend the use of a supplement and lifestyle changes.

Contact Kondor Pharma About Inflawell Memory Support

Our memory support supplement is designed to help maintain memory or slow down memory decline by using natural ingredients. These ingredients are safe, have been tested in clinical trials, and are effective at targeting factors contributing to memory loss. Call 800-892-6981 or email at info@kondorpharma.com for more information about this memory product or our other brain support supplements.