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Worried about your memory?

Worries about your memory?

Memory difficulties

As we get older we may notice that our memory is not as good as it used to be.
Some common memory problems:

  • Difficulty remembering names or conversations
  • Losing things,
  • Forgetting what we were about to do.

Some people regard such problems simply as a normal part of ageing. Others may worry they may be developing a more serious condition such as Dementia.

You should mention this to your doctor and they will conduct formal memory tests to see how your memory is. If your results are a little lower than expected for your age, doctors may then diagnose ‘mild cognitive impairment’ and offer to see you at a later date.

Fortunately, more serious memory problems are the exception rather than the rule.

It is sensible for anyone concerned about their memory to have it checked out through their general practitioner.

What causes memory difficulties?

There are many causes of memory difficulties:

  • After a stroke,
  • Low mood or by stress,
  • Medical problem or medication,
  • Dementia

Do memory difficulties always get worse?

People often wonder if their memory will continue to get worse, this is something that we cannot always predict.

Some people may stay very much the same, whereas others may notice that their memory problems are increasing.

If you are worried about your memory or the memory of someone close to you, then it is worth seeking advice.

Depending on the cause of memory impairment, there may be treatment that can help.

How can I help myself?

Keeping physically and mentally active and doing things you enjoy will help most.

Where possible:

  • Keep to a routine and keep things in the same place
  • Allow yourself more time for doing things
  • Avoid stressful situations and confrontation
  • Accept offers of help and support
  • Make use of memory aids
  • Maintain a good diet and avoid excess alcohol.

Where can I get advice?

There are a number of places where you can get advice about memory difficulties:

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