Dementia and cognitive loss - Memory Loss

Click on each of the jigsaw pieces to learn a little more about each of these problems.

Memory Loss:
Memory is the ability to retain and recall information. Orientation and perception of the passage of time are related to this. Memory loss is progressive and can be seen at different severity levels. Click on each of the jigsaw pieces to learn a little more about how different levels of memory loss effect people.

Mild Memory Loss:
Mild memory loss is sufficient to interfere with everyday activities but does not prevent independent living. Problems arise mostly in relation to learning new things. This includes taking in, retaining and recalling matters of everyday life, such as where things have been put, social arrangements or information from family.

Moderate Memory Loss:
Moderate memory loss can be a serious handicap to everyday living. Only very familiar material is retained. New information may be retained only occasionally or briefly. There is an inability to recall basic information on local geography, recent activities and even the names of familiar people.

Severe Memory Loss:
Severe memory loss means the complete inability to learn new information. Only fragments of previously learned information remain. People with severe memory loss in dementia can't recognise even close relatives.

Dementia and cognitive loss - Memory Loss

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