Everyone forgets things once in awhile. We can’t remember where we put our car keys or forget someone’s name. This is perfectly normal and happens to all of us. However, if you are concerned that your memory – or that of someone you know – is getting worse or starting to affect daily life, it is important to talk with your medical provider.
You should seek help if you:
- Have trouble remembering recent events, even though your memory of the past may still be good
- Find it hard to follow conversations or television shows
- Start to repeat yourself more frequently or lose your train of thought
- Have difficulty doing familiar tasks (e.g., balancing your checkbook, following a recipe, or grocery shopping)
- Notice that other people are commenting on your forgetfulness
Most importantly, if you see any change from your normal functioning, it is recommended that you talk with your doctor about the specific changes that you are experiencing. It is very important to get an early diagnosis. There is help available and treatments which can sometimes lessen the symptoms. People with memory impairment and their families often say that finding out about the problem helped them regain some control over the situation and their future.