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Memory Loss does Not Always Mean Dementia

Forgetting your keys is not always a sign of Alzheimer's disease or other form of Dementia. However, forgetting where they are only to find them in their normal place or somewhere very odd, such as a freezer, may be something to get medically checked out.

The good news is that not all memory loss means that you have dementia or that it is permanent. There are forms of cognitive loss related to vitamin deficiencies, medications, or other medical issues that could be discovered with proper clinical evaluation.

Reversible forms of Memory Loss:

D - Drugs

E - Emotional changes

M - Metabolic conditions

E - Eyes and Ears

N - Nutrition

T - Tumors

I - Infection

A - Alcohol

D - Drugs can have interactions with each other or have side effects that can cause temporary cognitive issues. This is most prevalent when prescribed medications are used in conjunction with over-the-counter medications. If you are noticing memory loss, take notice of all medications being taken such as vitamins, supplements, allergy or cold relief, etc. and present this information to a physician or pharmacist for assistance.

E - Emotional Changes related to stress, loss of a loved one, life change or depression can trigger temporary cognitive loss. This is a result of the brain providing a natural safeguard to shelter the person from additional mental overload. By working through these issues or getting professional help, most will see their cognitive recall return fully.

M - Metabolic Conditions such as thyroid disease, hypoglycemia, or even kidney failure can cause memory loss due to abnormal chemical processes in the body. If the underlying disease is treated the cognitive loss is typically reversible, but if left untreated could be permanent. This is why strongly advises to seek medical attention when you first notice memory loss, so that every effort to treat can be made.

E - Eyes and Ears for many people it's embarrassing to admit that we can see or hear as well as we once did. However, as a result we may not be participating in conversations as much or responding as correctly as we once were. We may not see to drive or read instructions very well and as result miss key points that cause others to become concerned and think we are losing it. Staying on top of our glass's prescriptions and/or wearing hearing aids is a simple way to ensure that you are on top of your cognitive health and participating in all that life has to offer.