Everyone forgets things now and again, but when memory problems begin to crop up more frequently, there may be something larger at play in your brain. At Chandler Neurology and Sleep Disorders Associates, PC, Dr. Mohammad Khan is an experienced neurologist who specializes in the many conditions that cause memory loss. From dementia to stroke, Dr. Khan helps his patients in the Chandler, Arizona, area get to the bottom of their memory loss and gives them the tools to fight back. To learn more, call or fill out the online form to request an appointment.

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What is memory loss?

When it comes to memory loss, there are varying degrees of the condition, including occasional forgetfulness and age-related memory impairments, which affects one in eight adults over the age of 60 in the United States. These conditions are perfectly natural and usually not cause for concern.

When you or a loved one begins to experience appreciable lapses in memory that lead to confusion, consider it a warning flag that warrants further investigation.

What causes memory loss?

Outside of the normal aging process, there are several conditions that can cause significant memory loss, which leads to dementia. In and of itself, dementia isn’t a disease, but the result of damage to the brain cells. This damage leads to a number of symptoms that affect your memory and cognitive function to the point where you’re unable to perform day-to-day activities.

Dementia not only includes memory loss, but problems with concentration, communication, reasoning, and judgment. There are many conditions that lead to dementia, including:

Alzheimer’s disease

About 60-80% of those with dementia suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which is a progressive brain disorder that erodes a person’s memory, as well as their cognitive functions, eventually rendering them unable to perform the simplest of tasks.

Vascular dementia

This condition typically occurs after a stroke, which compromises the flow of blood to your brain. Blockages in your blood vessels cause considerable damage to your brain cells since they’re deprived of oxygen and nutrients.

Parkinson’s disease

While Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects your movement, it can also bring on symptoms of dementia over time.

There are a number of other degenerative neurological disorders that can bring on dementia, but the above are the most common.

How do you treat memory loss?

As the population in America ages, medical researchers are redoubling their efforts to find effective ways to prevent or slow down memory loss. As a neurologist, Dr. Khan stays abreast of the latest findings and offers the most cutting-edge treatments available. While memory loss can’t be reversed, Dr. Khan is able to provide several tools that stave off further loss, slowing down these progressive disorders.

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, call Chandler Neurology and Sleep Disorders Associates, PC, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.