Treatable Memory Loss Conditions
The treatable conditions that can cause cognitive impairment are numerous.
Hypothyroidism, insufficient thyroid hormone, can be associated with slowed thinking, poor concentration, decreased short term memory, depressed mood, and slowed movements along with other symptoms. The incidence of thyroid problems increases with age.
Small strokes called transient ischemic attack (TIA) are a very treatable cause of cognitive decline. TIAs can be seen on an imaging study, Computed Tomography (CT scan) or magnetic resonance image (MRI), and treated accordingly.
Physical activity is the most important factor in maintaining cognitive health. Increased stimulating mental activities and social interactions, as well as controlling known risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking are also factors contributing to a healthy memory. Excessive, chronic alcohol consumption can impair brain function and cause nutritional deficiencies that further exacerbate confusion.
Sleeping pills or bladder medication can cause mental clouding. Because medications can interact in different ways, all prescribed and over the counter medications should be reviewed with your physician.
Brain Health Center
California Pacific Medical Center
The Brain Health Center in San Francisco features a top notch multidisciplinary team of health professionals specially trained to caring for persons with memory loss. The Brain Health Center provides personalized patient care helping patients maintain control of their independence and their life using an integrated approach to treating memory loss. We care for individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marin county and Northern California.