Is It Mild Forgetfulness or a Serious Problem?
Although it’s true that some of us will get more forgetful as we age, there is a difference between mild forgetfulness and what could be a more serious memory problem.
In mild forgetfulness we may have trouble finding our car keys or glasses; or we may find it takes longer to learn new things or remember certain words. If you are concerned about mild forgetfulness, you should see your doctor and tell him your concerns. Some people will then see there doctor every 6 months for follow-up visits. If you think you might forget your next appointment, ask a family member, friend, or the doctor’s office, to remind you.
9 Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp
There are lots of things you can do to keep your memory sharp and which will help you stay alert. Here are 9 ways to keep your memory sharp which can help those with mild forgetfulness:
- Learn a new skill. If you learn a new skill, it’s important that once you master the skill, you then go on to learn yet another new skill. Learning new skills should be a lifelong commitment if you want to keep your memory as sharp as possible.
- Volunteer. Volunteering at your church or house of worship; or at a school or in your community; will not only help to keep your memory sharp; it will also provide you with wonderful opportunities for socialization and cognitive stimulation.
- Spend time with your family and friends. Research shows that spending time with those we care about and love can help keep mild forgetfulness at bay.
- Coffee & Calendar Time. At the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, we encourage caregivers and care receivers to use big calendars; white boards, or other memory tools to help stay organized and to reduce the anxiety that most of us face when we forget important appointments.
- Repetition. Keep your car keys, wallet, purse and to-do lists in the same place every day.
- Sleep well. Sleeping well at night, and resting during the day, can help keep your memory sharp.
- Eat well and exercise. It’s not a cliche. Eating well and exercising can help reduce forgetfulness.
- Don’t overindulge. Drinking a lot of alcohol can increase forgetfulness. Try to limit you intake to keep your memory as sharp as possible.
- Manage depression. If you find that you are experiencing symptoms of depression for more than 2 weeks, see you doctor.
Free Memory Screenings
If you would like a FREE, confidential memory screening, you can contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at 561-588-4545 or The Memory Disorder Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center at 561-882-6363.