Coping with Memory Loss

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Baptist Health Lexington: Coping with Memory Loss

Neurologist GREGORY COOPER, MD describes the signs and symptoms of early dementia and suggests healthy lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of developing memory problems.

Coping with Memory Loss Health Talks Transcript

Gregory E. Cooper, MD

Typically in folks with early memory impairment, we’re going to notice a forgetfulness and short-term memory problems. They’ll forget a conversation, repeat themselves more often, and forget where they placed items. Over time, we might see more of a tendency to become disoriented or lost while driving, having difficulty navigating from point A to point B.

Liz Couch, Lexington

When [my husband] begin saying things like “I just can’t see where I need to go, what turns I need to make,” that was a little disturbing, because you know, being the man, he was always the driver, like “OK, this cannot be too good.”

Gregory E. Cooper, MD

There is more and more evidence of various lifestyle changes that we can make that can reduce our risk of having significant memory problems as we get older — better physical activity, social activity, being involved socially, interacting with people and being stimulated mentally. Now beyond that, it’s also important that we pay attention to what we think of as vascular risk factors. Don’t smoke. Make sure our blood pressure is under control. All of those things, if we keep them in check, almost certainly, I think we reduce our risk of developing dementia.