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Is memory loss normal? Is it age related?

Significant memory problems are not a part of the normal aging process and may reflect an underlying illness.

What causes memory loss? Is it serious? Is it Alzheimer’s disease?

Memory loss could be the result of either stress, psychological problems, depression, or medical conditions that include thyroid disease, diabetes, hypertension, vitamin deficiencies, arteriosclerosis, and stroke. In addition, memory loss can also be caused by a variety of brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

What can I do?

Accurate diagnosis of the illness underlying the problem is critical because several of these illnesses are treatable. However, while memory loss is relatively easy to detect and measure, the underlying illness is often difficult to diagnose. A thorough evaluation of the causes of the memory disorder requires an examination of physical health, psychological well-being, lifestyle, and medical history. Memory loss is detrimental, but help is available.

Please contact us if you or someone you know is suffering from a memory problem. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us at the USF Memory Disorders Clinic: (813) 974-3100.