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'I remember that day as clear as can be...
but it's a struggle to recall what I did this morning.'
Should I be concerned about my memory?
It's happened to all of us at some time or another. You can't put a name to a face. You forget where you put your keys. You can't remember where you parked the car. Most of the time such slips are a nuisance, rather than a sign of something more serious.
But if you are worried that your memory is getting noticeably worse, or if memory loss is beginning to affect your everyday life, it is worth seeking advice. You might also be concerned about someone close to you. It's important to seek advice because, in some cases, memory problems are an early sign of a medical condition such as dementia.
Dementia affects everyone in different ways. As well as problems with memory, other signs can include feeling confused even when in a familiar environment, problems thinking things through and finding it hard to follow conversations.
What should I do?
You should seek advice without delay if your memory is having an impact on your daily life:
Make an appointment to visit your GP
They will listen to your concerns and possibly arrange for further investigation.
If you are concerned about the memory of someone close to you, encourage them to visit their GP. You might start the conversation by gently asking the person if they've been feeling any different from usual or are struggling with anything.