Does your loved one’s memory seem hazy, or are they becoming more forgetful? They’re not alone, as memory loss is a common concern among the elderly. While forgetfulness and mild cognitive decline are a normal part of aging, there’s a significant difference between regular changes and those associated with disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Here, we will outline a few of the most common causes of memory loss in senior citizens.


Aging-related memory loss doesn’t usually disrupt a person’s daily routine. These changes are typically manageable and do not affect a senior’s ability to:

  • Work.
  • Live independently.
  • Maintain vital relationships.

It’s common for seniors to forget people’s names only to recall them later, or to misplace frequently used objects. The brain is like a muscle in that its strength declines with a lack of use. At Riverview Senior Living, we offer memory care for seniors in every stage of cognitive decline.

Poor Sleep

The average person sleeps seven to eight hours per night—but in today’s fast-paced world, many seniors struggle to get six hours of rest. A lack of sleep is a crucial factor in memory loss, and the effects are worsening as half of America’s adult population deals with sleep problems.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Diseases

If a family member is dealing with memory loss that affects their ability to work, participate in hobbies, maintain relationships, and enjoy a social life, their issues may be due to Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia disorder. These diseases progressively damage brain cells, leaving sufferers unable to communicate with others. The permanent loss of thinking ability and memory is another unfortunate side effect of dementia disorders.


Mild cognitive impairment, a condition sometimes known as MCI, isn’t always related to aging. Furthermore, its signs are not as devastating as those of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. MCI may affect a person’s ability to:

  • Remember things.
  • Speak clearly. 
  • Think.

It can be challenging for seniors and their families to tell when symptoms are related to aging or MCI. A person suffering from aging-related memory loss may find it hard to remember an infrequently seen friend’s name, but forgetting family members’ names indicates mild cognitive impairment. We offer the senior living options our residents need to cope with memory loss and MCI.

Brain Tumors

A brain tumor may cause symptoms much like those of dementia. Tumors kill brain cells as they grow, leading to memory loss. The level of impairment may differ depending on the person and the tumor’s location within the brain. According to a recent study, more than 50% of brain cancer patients show signs that are often mistaken for dementia. Chemotherapy also causes cognitive decline.

Other Causes

Memory loss doesn’t always indicate dementia. A senior’s cognitive decline may be due to:

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Depression.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Medication side effects.
  • Dehydration.
  • Smoking.
  • Insufficient social engagement.
  • Poor diet.
  • No exercise.

If you or a family member are coping with memory loss, the care team at Riverview Senior Living will provide the companionship and care you deserve. Contact us to schedule a visit to our senior living community in Alaska. We look forward to meeting your family member.

Caring for Loved Ones With Cognitive Decline

It is important to recognize when memory loss has progressed beyond mere forgetfulness. While many older adults have memory lapses, serious effects on daily life are a cause for concern. Memory loss is often treatable, but prompt intervention is essential. 

Safety is a primary concern among the families of seniors experiencing severe memory loss. Our community offers memory care for seniors, is secured 24/7, and provides varying levels of assistance depending on a resident’s needs. Contact our team for additional information.

Riverview Senior Living Provides a Nurturing and Welcoming Environment for Seniors With Memory Loss

At Riverview Senior Living, we know that family members of those with age-related memory loss and dementia disorders face some of life’s most challenging times. In our assisted living community, we provide compassionate care and support for seniors with all types of memory loss.

Our innovative programs create personalized service and care plans for seniors with cognitive decline. All plans are based on seniors’ needs, often changing with time. Our memory care programs are managed by certified and trained medical caregivers who are always available to provide security and comfort in a stimulating, familiar, and safe environment.

To learn about our memory care services or any other programs offered at Riverview Senior Living, fill out our online contact form or call to schedule a visit.