The Difference Between Normal and Degenerative Memory Loss

difference between normal and degenerative memory loss

You’ve probably experienced memory loss a time or two in your life. Forgetting things from time to time is normal. Many times, it is temporary. But how can you tell if it’s just a slip of the brain, or something more serious? Here are some examples of the difference between normal and degenerative memory loss.

Normal Memory Loss

Beyond memory lapses that can include forgetting your keys, or what you had for lunch, there is normal memory loss. A little more serious than blacking out from a night of drinking.

Normal memory loss can happen because of aging. Memory loss associated with aging is generally manageable. More of a minor nuisance, this type of memory loss does not impact daily life that much.

Other normal memory loss can occur for a variety of reason. Possible reasons for this type of memory loss are vitamin deficiencies, minor head trauma or injury, or even alcoholism. Emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, or stress can cause forgetfulness.

Normal memory loss or short-term memory loss is treatable. And reversible.

Degenerative Memory Loss

Degenerative memory loss is a bit more serious. Common causes are Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Unlike normal memory loss, degenerative memory loss worsens over time. Degenerative memory loss impacts your daily life. Relationships and work become difficult to manage over time.

Prescription drugs are available to minimize the impact of the symptoms. But there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Final Thought

The difference between normal and degenerative memory loss is that normal memory loss is temporary and treatable. Degenerative memory loss is not. Normal memory loss also does not impact your ability to function in your daily life. Degenerative memory loss eventually impairs your ability to live and function independently.