Specializing in Adult and Geriatric Memory Disorders

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Our Mission

The mission of Rocky Mountain Memory Center is to provide exceptional diagnostic assessment and rehabilitation services for cognitive weakness, memory loss and related behavioral changes. Our goal is to maximize one’s independence and quality of life at every stage of the aging process by providing education on successful aging, community referral and support to the patient and family.

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RMMC offers evaluations and therapy to target the most common sources of immediate memory loss in adults.

Common Conditions Treated

Deficits in Attention

Problems with immediate memory can often be traced back to deficits in encoding and processing information. Normal aging can result in cognitive slowing, with chronic medical issues and neurodegenerative disorders increasing the risk of brain inflammation and cerebral vascular disease. In addition, environmental factors such as background noise or attempts at multitasking can result in decreased concentration. Information that is not well recorded cannot be retrieved at a later time.

Chronic and Acute Health Issues

Obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and obstructive sleep apnea are at near epidemic levels.  RMMC is attentive to chronic life style diseases which can magnify the normal process of aging, increase serious memory impairment and risk of cerebral vascular disease. Mixed dementia is now the most prevalent type of degenerative memory loss.  Acute medical issues can lead to confusion, disorientation or agitated behaviors.

Changes in Mood

We are all overloaded and trying to juggle too many plates. Insomnia, fatigue, stress, irritability and depression can result in immediate memory loss. Normal aging can magnify minor issues with anxiety, irritability, and compulsive behaviors. In addition, certain dementias can result in significant behavioral, mood and personality changes.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Monitoring

Memory Loss May Indicate:

  • Normal age related memory changes or isolated memory impairment not amounting to dementia, but whose progress can benefit from monitoring.
  • Treatable conditions, such as mood disorders, sleep apnea, metabolic or hormonal irregularities, infectious disease, nutritional deficiencies and medication interactions.
  • Presence of poorly controlled lifestyle disease (e.g. hypertension, high cholesterol, heart problems, obesity and diabetes) which left untreated can increase one’s risk for brain inflammation, TIA and stroke.
  • Signs of progressive neurological disease, (e.g. Parkinson’s or M.S.) with early detection and treatment associated with better prognosis.
  • Progressive neurodegenerative dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's or Lewy body disease) with certain medications often delaying or stabilizing the progression of symptoms if administered early in the disease process.

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Common Factors That Play a Role in Immediate Memory Loss

  • Normal Aging:  Expect delays in central processing speed, diminished stamina and increased susceptibility to distraction.
  • Frontal Lobe Decline: Changes in alertness, initiation, attention regulation, speed of information, working memory and conceptual shift of set can decrease the ability to learn and retain new information.
  • Environmental Distraction: Background noise and multitasking can impair focus.
  • Internal Distraction: Stress overload, irritability or depression can result in forgetfulness, mental inflexibility and absent minded mistakes.
  • Failure to Use Effective Learning Strategies: Executive function is essential to independent living and involves the ability to plan, organize, task monitor and alter problem solving strategies when things don’t work out as expected.

Strategic thinking, brain wellness and mindfulness training can be a real asset to overcoming short term memory loss. Knowing how to employ compensatory learning strategies, relying on daily routines and avoiding behaviors with negative outcomes can reduce problems associated with distractibility, forgetfulness and disorganization.

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