The Health-Memory Connection
As was described earlier, people who are in good physical health tend to do better on memory tests than people in poor health.
Some medical conditions can produce memory difficulties above and beyond what normally occurs with aging. Some conditions to look out for:
∑ Stroke is caused by lack of blood to the brain. Many problems can occur following a stroke, depending on where in the brain the stroke occurred. Sometimes a stroke affects a personís memory.
∑ High blood pressure has been found to be related to memory difficulties.
∑ Thyroid problems, including by an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroid), or an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroid) can cause memory difficulty. Treatment with thyroid medication can improve memory performance.
∑ Hpoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can also result in memory difficulty.
Often our physical illnesses affect our ability to concentrate, which makes remembering more difficult.†
Check with your doctor to rule out medical conditions that may be affecting your memory abilities.