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Causes of Sudden Short-Term Memory Loss in Seniors

By Ted Holmgren, 5:56 pm on June 15, 2015

Many seniors and their loved ones worry that memory loss leads to dementia, but occasional forgetfulness is more often just a normal part of aging. If your aging family member sometimes forgets a word or misplaces his or her car keys, there’s usually no cause for concern. Short-term memory loss that comes on suddenly, however, can be a sign of a more serious condition. Home Care Assistance of Chandler, AZ shares a few warning signs to look out for.

Signs of Serious Memory Problems

Persistent short-term memory loss makes it hard for older adults to accomplish everyday tasks. Signs that your loved has a serious problem include:

  • Repeating the same question over and over
  • Inability to follow simple directions
  • Getting lost in familiar locations
  • Confusion about time and dates
  • Storing items in inappropriate places
  • Using the wrong words for common household items

Causes of Sudden Memory Loss

From mental health issues and thyroid conditions to poor diet and certain medications, many medical conditions can lead to instances of forgetfulness and memory loss. Problems with memory can also be a sign of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Because memories are created in and retrieved from many areas of the brain, any brain injury can cause sudden short-term memory loss, including:

  • Stroke
  • Minor Head Trauma
  • Brain Infection
  • Brain Tumor
  • Oxygen Deprivation

Many of the medical conditions associated with short-term memory loss can be successfully treated and even reversed when addressed in a timely fashion. Getting a prompt and accurate diagnosis from a medical professional is the key to receiving appropriate care.

Although mild cognitive impairment sometimes progresses to forms of dementia, many seniors are able live active and fulfilling lives despite occasional problems with memory. If you have other questions about memory care or if your loved one has been diagnosed with a dementia-related condition, learn more about dementia care in Chandler from Home Care Assistance. We also offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations, so don’t hesitate to call us at 480.448.6215 today.