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Memory Loss: What’s Normal?

Oftentimes, people confuse memory loss with their brain just getting a bit slower. It’s a good bet that if you just give it some time, the thought will come back to you. This is just your brain aging and is nothing to worry about. People of all ages have the odd problem with their memory. Just think about how often teenagers “forget” they were supposed to do the dishes or pick up their siblings. Guess what? They probably did actually forget.

Forgetting things is pretty normal. But the older you get, the more you may start to worry that you’re forgetting things too often. If that’s the case, to reassure you, here’s a list of memory problems that are completely normal:

 

  • Taking longer to learn things and retain information
  • Not remembering certain information in as much detail
  • Forgetting where you put things
  • Not doing as well on complex learning and memory tests
  • Walking into a room and forgetting why you’re there in the first place
  • Forgetting familiar street names
  • Being distracted or forgetting something you just read or heard a minute ago
  • The Tip-of-Your-Tongue phenomenon
  • Forgetting people’s names or calling your grandson by your son’s name

 

It’s all more normal than you think, and people at all ages have these same problems, even if they seem less frequent. However, with so many mental issues and diseases that affect memory, it can be difficult to shake the feeling that something is wrong. If that’s the case, then here are some things that might put your mind at ease:

It’s Normal If…

  • You can still function independently and pursue normal activities in spite of memory lapses.
  • You can remember moments or incidents of forgetfulness.
  • You sometimes forget directions and take a few minutes to remember but never are completely lost in a familiar place.
  • You have difficulty finding the right word for what you’re thinking of but don’t have a problem holding a conversation.
  • You have the same overall judgment and decision making.

How to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Because memory loss is such a daunting problem, it is important to maintain activities and habits that will help to keep your memory sharp. By following these tips, you can improve both your physical and mental health and help to eliminate any fears of facing serious memory loss.

 

Plan Tasks and Make To-Do Lists. No one can remember everything that they have to do in a day and especially not in a week. Making lists and planning ahead of time will stimulate your mind and limit what you forget in the long run.

Use Memory Aids Like Notes and Calendars. Memory aids don’t mean you’re getting old and forgetful. Maybe if your kids had used them when they were younger, they wouldn’t have forgotten to go to their doctor’s appointment or that you were going to be out one night and they had to watch their sibling.

Develop Interest in Hobbies and Activities. There are a number of positive impacts these can have on your life and your memory. Not only can they help to keep your mind and body active, they are also good for relieving stress and anxiety. Being too anxious at times can have a negative impact on your memory, so it is important to do things that make you feel comfortable and happy.

Engage in Physical Activity. A healthy body makes for a healthier mind, and physical activity has been proven to improve your brain function overall. By keeping yourself healthy, you help to keep your memory sharp.

Limit Alcohol Intake. While a little alcohol every now and then is said to have certain health benefits, any sort of constant or heavy drinking can wreak havoc on your memory. It can result in memory loss and brain damage that is difficult if not impossible to undo.

If Your Are Concerned That It’s Not Normal Memory Loss

Contact your doctor. They will be able to give you suggestions on what you can do for your memory. If they give you a diagnosis, they can recommend things to help your memory and make life easier.

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