Faded Memories

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Faded Memories

Precious memories, how they linger. Under normal circumstances precious memories sustain our lives through good and bad and all that comes in between. The well lived life should be full of precious memories, hopefully they will out number the sad memories. Nearly one in five Americans over the age of 65 struggles with depression, which can be a debilitating and life-threatening condition. Social isolation, illness and the loss of loved ones can all trigger or worsen depression, as can certain medications.

There has always been some memory loss associated with old age. It was called dementia and it was taken for granted, it would happen to almost everyone if they lived long enough. This new modern age has brought change in medical terms, we now have what is called Alzheimer’s and it robs its victims of those precious memories that always lingered, refreshed and lifted the spirits. Caregivers take note and take heart – feelings remain even after memory  fades in Alzheimer’s patients.

This raises many questions about personalities, about memories and the loss of memories. Emotions seem to linger on well, even after memories are faded in many people’s minds. The interconnection between our memories and our emotions seems to be a very complex issue. Doctors are studying the reasons for this, while looking for cures for Alzheimer’s disease.

Faded memory is just part of getting older, we all will get it to a certain degree as we continue to age and our brains cells also age and deteriorate along with the rest of the body. We must exercise our brains too.”In order to receive a diagnosis of dementia, an individual must be impaired in two areas other than memory. Loss of memory is quite common in senior and the elderly, and is not considered to be a definitive symptom of dementia. In most cases, dementia is a progressive illness, where symptoms emerge slowly, and then significantly increase over time. Short-term memory loss may be one sign of this disease, where patients begin to misplace things,”

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4 thoughts on “Faded Memories

  1. Thank you for your post; got a friend who works as a caregiver in the US for Alzheimer-stricken patients. She tells me how sad to experience first-hand when memory has drastically ebbed away. Successful agers who remained mentally sharp were found to be physically active in their younger years, were better educated (associated with greater mental activity), had good lung function (indicated for cardiovascular fitness), and had high self-efficacy (a strong belief that they can always do or perform well).

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