As we get older, everyone has fits of forgetfulness. You might even forget things important to you and seemingly simple to remember, like names of friends, the date of your anniversary, the name of your favorite band (you know, the four guys, c'mon, bad haircuts). Anyway, age-related memory loss is normal. But we don't have to accept normal aging, and we can take steps to prevent age-related memory loss. Memory loss can start as early as age 30, but part of the complication of memory loss associated with aging is that several things cause memory loss. They are:
- Vascular problems: When insufficient blood gets to the brain, the lack of bloodflow can cause mini-strokes and impair memory.
- Alzheimer's: Here, neurons tangle with other neurons, causing them to stop working properly.
- Neuron loss: The loss of neurons or the loss of the function of those neurons causes many age-related problems; literally, you're losing part of your mind.
- Trauma: Memory loss can also come from trauma sustained during accidents or sports with repetitive injury to the brain, like boxing.