What is memory loss after a stroke?
You may experience memory problems after a stroke. You might experience the following types of memory loss:
- Verbal: memory of names, stories and information having to do with language
- Visual: memory of shapes, faces, routes and things seen
- Informational: memory of information and skills or trouble learning new things
- Vascular dementia: A common post-stroke condition involving loss of thinking abilities.
- Confusion or problems with short-term memory
- Wandering or getting lost in familiar places
- Difficulty following instructions
- Trouble making monetary transactions
- Alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Lack of sleep
- Depression and stress
- Poor nutrition or diet
Memory can improve over time, either spontaneously or through rehabilitation, but symptoms can last for years. Most treatment for memory loss after a stroke is actually treatment to prevent further strokes. Some stroke survivor’s memory loss may benefit from medications for related problems, such as anxiety, depression or sleeping problems.
There are brain retraining techniques designed to improve your thinking and memory following a stroke. The training can help you improve alertness and attention and adapt to your loss of memory function, but there is no scientific proof that such therapy can improve your ability to carry out daily tasks. This training can be done in person as well as with computer programs and applications.
Brain Stimulation Training
Suggestions for stimulating the brain and improving memory and cognitive ability include:
- Trying something new. Try new hobbies that involve both the mind and body.
- Exercise. Physical fitness adds to overall physical and mental health.