5 Temporary Causes of Memory Loss

Changes in memory in older adults aren’t unusual. They’re so common that people joke about them and call them “senior moments.” However, observing serious memory problems in an older family member can be frightening. Your first thought may be that they have Alzheimer’s disease. But, don’t jump to the worst-case scenario too quickly.


Senior Care in San Mateo CA: Changes In Memory

Senior Care in San Mateo CA: Changes In Memory


There are several causes of memory loss that are temporary such as the 5 below.

#1: Medications

Older adults typically take multiple prescription medications. Several kinds of medicines can affect memory, including:

  • Some painkillers.
  • Diabetes medications.
  • Medications for high cholesterol.
  • Sleeping pills.

Ask the senior’s doctor or pharmacist if any of the medications they are on could be causing memory problems. If so, find out if there are alternatives.


#2: Poor Sleep

Not getting enough sleep or having poor quality sleep can affect memory. One culprit may be sleep apnea, which interrupts sleep because the person stops and starts breathing through the night. As a result, the senior may feel tired during the day and have trouble remembering things.


#3: Emotional Problems

Emotional problems, like stress, can lead to memory problems. Feeling stressed can cause the mind to be overstimulated and cause difficulty with memory. Stress that is related to emotional trauma can also create memory problems.


#4: Poor Nutrition

Not eating healthy, balanced meals can deprive the brain of nutrients that are important to brain health. For example, vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to memory loss. It is necessary for the proper functioning of nerves. To get more B12 in your aging relative’s diet, try including foods like dairy products, fish, meat, and foods that have been fortified with B12.


#5: Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when a person’s thyroid doesn’t make enough of certain hormones. It’s a common condition in women over the age of 60. When the thyroid gland is underactive, it can cause the person to be forgetful and interfere with their ability to think.


Home care can help with managing things that can lead to temporary memory loss.
Home care providers can monitor the senior when they take medications to make certain they use them correctly, which may reduce the chances of adverse side effects. Home care providers can also relieve some of the stress your aging relative may be feeling by giving them another person they can rely on for assistance. And, if the senior struggles to eat well, home care can prepare healthy meals that provide all the nutrients they need.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care in San Mateo, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203







Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.