Memories: Photographs of the Mind
Our memories are like millions of photographs perpetually being taken by our brain and put into an album. The healthy brain captures snapshots of images, sounds, smells, textures, and emotions. When called upon, the healthy brain is able to flip to the correct page in the album and recall the needed snapshots.
The brains of people with dementia take fewer snapshots. So, when the brain tries to access the photo album of stored memories it sometimes finds a blank page. This is experienced as memory loss.
Memory loss can be a distressing part of dementia, both for the person with the condition and for their loved ones. The good news is there are proactive steps that can be taken to manage memory loss and to help people with dementia stay active and independent.