Is Mild Memory Loss Worth Worrying About?

by on October 6th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Everyone has a lapse in memory from time to time, but it can get very frustrating. Simple memory lapse examples are when you get up from your chair to get something in the other room and you suddenly forget what you were doing, or when you are talking to a friend, colleague, or a family member and you suddenly forget what you were talking about. All of these instances are completely normal; they are just signs your brain is compartmentalizing, sorting, storing, and retrieving information.

Memory loss is a symptom of normal aging; however, some people fear their memory loss is a sign of something more serious, including thyroid dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, head trauma, infections or depression. While it’s true all of these ailments can cause memory loss, maybe it would be wise to rule out any less distressing reasons for your memory loss.

Questions to ask yourself:

o   Does my memory affect me daily? If your memory prevents you from doing your daily activities that you never had an issue with before, like balancing your checkbook, driving a car or getting from one place to another, this could be a sign of something more serious.

o   How often do I forget things? Again, we all occasionally forget things, like where did I park my car or where are my keys, but again, if these little hiccups are becoming more and more frequent and interfering with your daily life, it could mean there is something else going on.

o   What am I forgetting? There is a big difference between forgetting a name of someone you have met a couple times before and forgetting the names of friends and family. Start to note what you are really forgetting, like the names of people or places. Another red flag- are you repeating yourself multiple times?

o   Is my memory getting worse? If you or the people around you feel like your memory is getting worse, you should make an appointment with a health professional and get evaluated.

Memory loss can be prevented; start taking the proper steps now to keep your brain cells stimulated!

  • Exercise regularly
  • Cut out smoking and alcohol
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Garden
  • Play games
  • Learn a new skill
  • Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure

 
MemoRise supports brain health and memory functioning for help with the common forgetfulness associated with aging

One Response to “Is Mild Memory Loss Worth Worrying About?”

  1. Iona

    Oct 24th, 2010

    What wonderfully practical information. With elderly parents I am always on the lookout for more information s to how to help them with their failing memories. I found a great website with a great brain training course called Brain Tune which is free at the moment and Dad and I had a lot of fun doing the 6 days of brain training. Give it a go, the link to the sign-up page is Brain Tune

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