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Memory Loss Tied to Loss of Other Functions

Memory Loss Tied to Loss of Other Functions
“Some patients will improve, while others may continue to lose more memory function, ” says geriatric specialist, Dr. Aboo Mannan, D.O.
“Our primary goal is to maximize and maintain self functioning of the person.”
The first manifestation may be the loss of house keys or leaving without closing a door, but memory decline that progresses to the point that it interferes with simple tasks may require a visit to a memory care specialist.

“Memory care is appropriate for those people whose memory is an issue to maintain his or her normal activities of daily life,” says memory care specialist Aboo Mannan, D.O. “Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life activities.”

Impairment also includes the loss of at least one other cognitive function, including:

  • Aphasia—Defect or loss of power of expression by speech, writing or signs, or of comprehending spoken or written language
  • Apraxia—Loss of ability to carry out familiar, purposeful movements—especially the inability to make proper use of an object
  • Agnosia—Loss of the power to recognize sensory stimuli, including the auditory, visual, olfactory (sense of smell), gustatory (sense of taste) and tactile (sense of touch)
  • Loss of the ability to carry out normal tasks

Dr. Mannan offers a number of treatments for patients who experience memory loss. “Treatment varies, based on the causes of the condition,” he says. “Sometimes we find environmental factors, medications or other lifestyle factors that cause stress. If we can reduce or eliminate those, less stress can help memory improve.”

For more severe cases, Dr. Mannan prescribes medication. He also encourages his patients to engage in healthy activities. “Exercise is essential for good health,” he says. “Also, a balanced diet and food rich in fish oil is beneficial. Observational studies also suggest that brain games and reading help protect the brain.”

Some patients will improve, while others may continue to lose more memory function. “Our primary goal is to maximize and maintain self functioning of the person,” he says. “We want to improve the quality of life and maximize thinking ability by enhancing cognition, mood and behavior.”

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Aboo Mannan, D.O.
Memory Care
Lee Physician Group
12600 Creekside Lane
Suite 7
Fort Myers, FL 33919
239-343-9220

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