[ October 15, 2014 ]
Everyone has moments where their memory fails them. Memory lapses can be frustrating, but generally they aren’t cause for concern.
As we grow older, physiological changes happen in our brain that can cause glitches in functions that we’ve always taken for granted. It takes longer to learn and recall information and we’re not as quick as we used to be. In fact, we often mistake this slowing of our mental processes for true memory loss. But in most cases, if we give ourselves time, we can bring the information to mind.
The brain is capable of making new brain cells whatever age we are, so memory loss is not an inevitable part of ageing. Normal memory issues include:
– Forgetting where you left things you use regularly, such as glasses or keys.
– Forgetting names of friends or acquaintances, or blocking one memory with a similar one, such as calling your niece by your sister’s name.
– Occasionally forgetting an appointment.
– Having trouble remembering what you’ve just read, or the details of a conversation.
– Walking into a room and forgetting why you entered.
– Becoming easily distracted.
– Not quite being able to retrieve information you have on the ‘tip of your tongue.’
All the above are normal memory glitches that we all experience on a regular basis. So when is memory loss not normal? Below are a list of symptoms that mean it’s time to speak to your doctor, as it may be indicating something more serious.
– Difficulty performing easy, daily tasks (paying bills, dressing appropriately, washing up) or forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times
– Unable to recall or describe instances where memory loss has caused problems
– Getting lost or disoriented even in familiar places or unable to follow directions
– Words frequently being forgotten, misused, or garbled; Repeating phrases and stories in same conversation
– Trouble making choices, inappropriate social behaviour or poor judgement.
If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the above symptoms it’s vital to see a doctor to get it checked out.