Memory loss often goes unnoticed as an ailment simply because it does not have very obvious symptoms. But the fact is that it affects thousands of people every year worldwide and there is a lot of memory loss research happening as well. Although commonly associated with old age, latest memory loss research establishes the decreased use of the cerebral faculties as a major cause of memory loss.
Symptoms can be very mundane; for example, you enter a room but can not remember why or forgetting names. But these are no less harmful as they can advance into serious lifestyle disorders. There is however, a ray of hope, as researchers suggest that activating the temporal lobe of the brain can boost memory and reverse the damage.
The brain has a dual cortex, left and right. Each has a projection called the left and right temporal lobes respectively. The later is associated with retaining voice-intoned (singing) memories, familiar accidents, and analysis of non-verbal data. The former takes care of recorded information, recognizes monotone language, and analyzes verbal terminologies. In case a portion of the brain is lagging, recall memories linked to that part of the brain is also going to dawdle.
But can all types of memory lapses in our fast life be classified as significant memory loss? No, say researchers. But you definitely need to look for telltale signs that may indicate what kind of loss you are experiencing:
* Pay close attention to the kind of information that is eluding you. If it is something related to your daily course of life, like your marriage anniversary, or where you kept your watch, then it is high time you saw a doctor.
* Do you keep forgetting answers to questions that have already been answered? Let me be more specific. Are your friends and relatives laately commenting on your repetitive forgetfulness? Chances are high that you are experiencing short-term memory loss.
* If your brush comes out from below your study table instead of the bathroom rack and your spouse is frustrated with discovering your marriages at the most illegally of places, it is time to see the doctor.
* If your friends are completing you on your changed behavioral patterns, something you are unaware of, it may not always be a good thing. It may indicate an abrupt change in brain function.
Paying close attention to these tolling signs goes a long way in early detection and timely recovery. The sooner they are detected and psychiatrist consulted, the better.
One of the most efficient remedies as suggested by recent memory loss research is olfactory process through one or both nostrils (smelling peppermints or cloves). This activates the hippocampus and more generally the temporal lobe. One-sided visual stimulation or audit stimulation may also be very advantageous. While familiar faces stage the left amygdala of the temporal lobe, unfamiliar faces activate the right amygdala. Other curative methods can be word searches, solving mazes, looking at big letters made out of small ones, etc.