Memory loss is something that everyone experiences at times, often increasing with age, or following a stroke. It is estimated that approximately one third of stroke survivors will develop memory problems. The memory problems can be so severe that they interfere with normal functioning and are then called dementia— more common in older stroke survivors.
What is memory loss after a stroke?
You may experience memory problems after a stroke. You might experience the following types of memory loss:
Symptoms of memory loss after a stroke may include:
Memory loss may be a direct result of stroke, but can also be caused or worsened by:
Can memory loss after a stroke be treated?
Memory can improve over time, either spontaneously or through rehabilitation, but symptoms can last for years. Most treatment for memory loss after a stroke is actually treatment to prevent further strokes. Some stroke survivor’s memory loss may benefit from medications for related problems, such as anxiety, depression or sleeping problems.
There are brain retraining techniques designed to improve your thinking and memory following a stroke. The training can help you improve alertness and attention and adapt to your loss of memory function, but there is no scientific proof that such therapy can improve your ability to carry out daily tasks. This training can be done in person as well as with computer programs and applications.
Brain Stimulation Training
Suggestions for stimulating the brain and improving memory and cognitive ability include:
Tips for managing memory loss
Improve your daily activities with the following tips:
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