If you are a caregiver and the person to whom you are providing care exhibits memory difficulties, treat those memory problems as a flashing yellow light. However, do not automatically assume Alzheimer's disease (one form of dementia) is the likely diagnosis. Memory loss and dementia may have other causes such as infections, head injuries, and alcoholism. When memory difficulties occur, always consider lifestyle a possible factor.
An older adult’s memory challenges may be tied to his or her lifestyle or everyday activities.
Memory abilities are enhanced by:
Medications can negatively affect memory. Get advice from your pharmacist about the possible effects of certain prescription medications on memory. The ones most likely to pose difficulties are sleeping pills, anti- anxiety medications, allergy medications, pain medications, and anti-depressants.
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