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Causes of Memory Loss

MCI and Dementia

  The brain is the command-and-control center of your life. It uses its over 100 billion neurons to perceive and analyze incoming information; decide what, if anything, to do about the information; and then instruct the body to do it.

The brain is divided into lobes and regions. Each brain lobe is responsible for specific functions, such that impairment in that lobe results in specific problems.


Brain Parts

Lobe Functions Problems
Medial Temporal Lobe Short-term memory
Short-term memory loss
Lateral Temporal Lobe Hearing/Listening
Reading social cues
Recognizing objects by sight
Anger control
Naming things
Reading problems
Word-finding problems
Trouble reading social cues
Episodic rage
Poor object recognition
Religious or moral preoccupation
Parietal Lobe Direction sense
Sensory perception
Spatial processing, sees motion
Visual guidance, such as to grab objects
Recognize objects by touch
Ability to know where you are in space
Know right from left
Reading and creating maps
Impaired direction sense
Trouble dressing or putting objects together
Left-right confusion
Denial of illness
Impaired position sense
Trouble with math or writing
Neglect or unawareness of what your see
Impaired copying, drawing or cutting
Frontal Lobe Judgment
Impulse control
Attention span
Problem solving
Critical thinking
Poor judgment
Short attention
Trouble learning from experience
Poor time management
Repeated mistakes
Lack of empathy
Occipital Lobe Sight
Color perception
Visual problems
Can’t see outlines or objects
Visual (simple) hallucination
Visual (simple) illusions
Functional blindness
Objects appear larger or smaller than they are
Colors not recognized


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