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My memory seems to be in total disarray at the moment. I accept that mild forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. But I fear that what is happening in my case is not just that. We've all misplaced keys, blanked on a friend's name, or forgotten a phone number. When we’re young, we don’t tend to pay much mind to these lapses, but as we grow older, sometimes we worry about what they mean. While it’s understandable that certain brain changes are inevitable when it comes to aging, major memory problems are not one of them. That’s why it’s important that I know the difference between normal age-related forgetfulness and the symptoms that may indicate a more developed cognitive problem.

What can I do about it? They tell me that walking is good. Well, there can be no greater walker than myself. I love walking. I understand that plenty of sleep is good. Nobody sleeps better or longer than I. Avoid smoking. I ceased smoking about 15 years ago. Learn about omega-3 fats and their role in brain health. I must admit I haven’t the faintest notion what omega-3 fats are. Stay social by prioritizing face-to-face connections. This I also do all the time. Learn something new, I’m told. Among other things I’m learning more and more about this lap-top of mine!

It can be very frustrating and embarrassing. I certainly can’t remember peoples’ names, tell a full story correctly, go to the kitchen for something and forget what it was I wanted, or forget an important word in the middle of a sentence and have people suggesting what the missing word might be! Should these give me cause for concern? In many cases, if I give myself time, the word or information will come to mind.

A friend of mine says that age-related memory loss is not disabling and will not impact on one’s daily ability to do what one wants to do. Dementia, on the other hand, is a persistent disabling loss in such abilities as memory, language, judgment, and abstract thinking. When memory loss becomes so pervasive and severe that it disrupts one’s work, hobbies, social activities, and family relationships, it may be the warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease, or another disorder that causes dementia.

I haven’t arrived at this stage yet, thank God!


If you are truly concerned about the possibility of some age-related or other cause-related degenerative condition, then speak with your family doctor about testing.

Some times, the memory lapses are just a passing thing, fatigue or distractions, what have you.

But in the rare instance, it could be an early sign of some form of dementia. Some are treatable. Some are not.

If you are the type of person that doesn't care about such things, then dismiss it from your mind (and ignore the irony of such a suggestion).

If not, then take the next step. Set up an appointment with your family doctor. Don't try to self-diagnose using internet quizzes.

It is possible to get answers, even if it the answer is "there's nothing to worry about."
Thank you sincerely for your kind advice.
Agreeing with the advice above.

Mind you, you're not pregnant, are you? All those symptoms sound exactly like what I experienced when I had pregnancy brain.

all i can say is your list sounds familiar
i never was good at names
and that perfect word that i just had - what was it?
especially when my computer "corrects" aka changes my misspelling

it's the frequency and severity
when it interferes with normal functioning then there is a problem
I often now have to ask my computer how to spell even common words.
Omega-3 is a kind of fat. It's found in coldwater fish, in chicken eggs if they're fed the right sort of feed (doubtlessly will say so on the carton), and nuts.
Thank you. That is interesting.

I agree with the folks who've said to have words with the medics rather than suffering in silence.

It won't hurt to get some advice.
I have realised over the years, watching patients, friends and relatives develop dementia rather than age related memory loss, that one of the clearest signs that there is some form of dementia is when you find yourself having the same conversation with someone two or three times in an hour. Clearly, if you are the person with the problem, you won't realise this is happening and so you have to check with friends or family!

As for getting plenty of Omega 3s in your diet - oily fish like mackerel and herring are a good source, and other fish also provide them, just in lower levels. So if you continued with the tradition of having fish on Fridays you will have been taking them in as a life-long thing. Cod liver oil capsules are an easy source of them, too :)
Good ideas thank you. Thank you for sharing.