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How to Identify Memory Loss Symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of memory loss is the first step toward seeking treatment from a health care professional. Here are some things to consider as you get started.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Do you have trouble with daily tasks? Note whether you have trouble completing daily tasks. Do you, for example, have trouble following a recipe?
  • TIP: Observe whether any difficulty with complex but familiar tasks is ongoing or increasing.
  • Step 2: Do you find it difficult to learn? Consider whether you find it difficult to learn and remember new information. Pay attention to memory loss tied to recently-learned information.
  • Step 3: Do you frequently forget important information? Note whether you frequently forget important information. Do you forget events or appointments?
  • Step 4: Do you frequently get lost? Observe whether you frequently get lost while walking to or driving to familiar places. People with serious memory impairment often have trouble with spatial relationships.
  • Step 5: Do you frequently misplace things? Be aware of frequently misplacing things. Do you put things in unusual places?
  • Step 6: Do you have difficulties handling problems? Consider whether you have difficulty knowing how to handle problems. Are the difficulties ongoing or increasing?
  • Step 7: Do you frequently exhibit poor judgment? Be aware of frequent episodes of exhibiting poor judgment. Problematic poor judgment often involves issues of memory.
  • Step 8: See a health care professional Recognize that any of these symptoms may justify your making an appointment with a health care professional for further evaluation.
  • FACT: The saying, "An elephant never forgets," is true: elephants have the biggest brains of any land animal, and one researcher witnessed a mother and daughter elephant recognizing each other after 23 years of separation.

You Will Need

  • Recognition of symptoms
  • Health care professional

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