Ever get up to get something in the next room, only to forget why it is you sent there in the first place? We’ll be talking about forgetfulness, a mental problem that is commonly seen among the older adults. As we age, the brain’s retention capacity continues to decrease gradually. However, it is not necessary to see the symptoms of forgetfulness among all older adults, and the condition and its intensity may vary from individual to individual. Some of the people might suffer from extreme memory loss as they age, while others may take longer to recall old memories, but can process the same nevertheless most of the time.
Sometimes it can be a start of a common age related disease known as Alzheimer’s disease, while the milder form of memory loss and lack of alertness may also be the case of dementia. In some cases, forgetfulness can occur due to severe or mild yet specific head injury. Lack of vitamins in the body, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle for a prolonged period of time can later on give birth to forgetfulness, even if such habits do not cause any immediate negative impact on the brain, or its function.
It is important to know that forgetfulness is not always due to ageing or among the older people, as sometimes it can be temporary in nature and can occur to younger people as well. It can be due to depression, anxiety, alcoholism, tumour or infection, addiction to drugs, or can be a brain problem from birth. Diseases related to kidney, liver, and brain is also known to cause memory loss and reduce retention power.
In many cases, heavy dose of some specific drugs and lack of proper sleep/rest for a prolonged period of time, and stress can also cause forgetfulness. A tragic event in life and a severe emotional drainage can also lead to forgetfulness for a considerable amount of time, and if not controlled during that period, the symptoms might stay on forever. Counselling and medication may help in some cases, but Alzheimer’s disease and higher level of dementia is still not completely curable.