When Memory Starts to Become a Problem

It is normal to forget things we don’t need to remember.

Sometimes, we just have so much going on in our lives, we can’t possibly remember everything. What were you doing at exactly this time last week, last month or last year? Unless those were very special days, like a special occasion with family and friends, you probably won’t remember.

Memory loss is not always a part of getting older but, as we all age, we are more likely to have problems with our memory.

Memory and forgetting can become a problem and should be taken more seriously when a person regularly and increasingly:

  • forgets dates, times, appointments, meetings
  • forgets where things are kept
  • gets anxious and upset when trying to do everyday tasks such as changing clothes, talking to a colleague at work
  • gets lost when out and about in a familiar area hoards things
  • repeats the same story over and over again in a short space of time
  • forgets they have eaten a short while ago and want more to eat
  • cannot recognise familiar people and places
  • struggles to find words when speaking or writing
  • has mood swings and displays habits that are not usual for them.

Memory problems can be a sign of other physical ailments so early investigation and diagnosis by a medical professional is important.

If you have concerns about your memory, please speak to GP about your concerns. If you are concerned about the memory of someone you know, encourage them to visit their GP.

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