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Hi, I am 53 years old and had a minor stroke 6 years ago. I have recovered almost fully. The only problem i have is that i sometimes forget things and sometimes it can be like a full day is blocked from my mind that i can't remember . I now live with my son. He built a flat for me and has offered to give me work in the Insurance industry. The problem that now arises is that he can't see that I had been handling a whole regions budget previously and now it takes me more time to understand and specially to remember things he explains to me. He also can't understand that the last 6 years i have been writing everything down because i forget stuff quickly. I would do something like yesterday and then today i would be totally blank about how i did it and have to go back to my notes. This happens regularly. Is there something i can do to change this memory problem i have? My son don't seem to understand. He says stuff like he is sick of hearing that i use my minor stroke as an excuse. I seem to go back into my depressive state as soon as he treats me like this. I need help please. Is there a medication i can take to help me with this? To make my memory better?
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replied February 28th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

Some memory loss after a stroke is common. But the severity varies with the patients age as well as the size of the stroke and no of episodes of stroke a patient has had.

Memory problems can manifest either as trouble learning new information and skills or trouble remembering and retrieving information.

Other condition that can affect a stroke patient is Vascular dementia: an overall decline in thinking abilities, with symptoms similar to Alzheimer's.

It's unlikely that a stroke survivor's memory will be completely restored. But for many people, memory can improve over time, spontaneously or with rehabilitation.

You might consider consulting your treating physician or a neurologist for medications that can improve your memory or prevent the onset of dementia.

I hope this information here is helpful.
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