Don’t forget about your memory

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Everyone experiences lapses in memory in one form or another. They can happen for a variety of reasons including stress, depression, physical or emotional pain and some medications. Sometimes memory loss can be indicative of a larger problem, such as dementia or chronic illness.

When a person experiences recurring or ongoing memory loss, it is advisable to go and see a doctor. As always, if a person visits their doctor earlier rather than later, the more likely their chance of getting a diagnosis and treatment.

There is no single test that will determine whether someone has dementia, so a doctor will diagnose the patient based on talking to them, their family members and by conducting physical and neurological tests.

When seeing the doctor it is good idea to note down beforehand any concerns which you might have and bring the list to your appointment. The last thing you want is to be walking out of the doctor’s office and suddenly remember something important which you wanted to discuss.

Let your doctor know if you are taking any medications, which ones you take, as well as the dosages. Include any creams, inhalers, herbal medications and vitamins.

Be open and honest with your doctor. Avoid covering up any truths that your doctor might be able to use to diagnose you. Feel free to ask any members of your family who come with you to step out of the room while you talk to the doctor.

Lastly, remember that it’s your appointment. You can request more time, ask the doctor to clarify anything that you don’t understand, take notes during the appointment and discuss the option of a second diagnosis if you aren’t satisfied. 

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Written by ameliath

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    Now where was I ??
    What did I come in here for ??.
    Where’s Me car Keys ??……

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    Is this an oxymoron? If you don’t forget about your memory, then your memory should be ok and you won’t forget to remember to visit your doctor to tell her or him that you have remembered that you think you have forgotten something you had to remember and can’t remember what it is that you think you may have forgotten.

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    This memory slash OLD age thing is quite interesting.
    Being a couple of weeks short of 75 years, I do forget I told the Mrs a minute ago that I would wash up, but can remember my school days back in the 1940s without any trouble. I put my fairly good memory for my age down to my computer experience over the years. That started about 1997-8 when the Centrelink equivalent in Kalgoorlie offered free 7 week courses in Windows 95. I did the coarse and was hooked and bought my first computer not long after that, and we have had at least one ever since. (Currently we have 2 Desktops and a Happy Lappy).
    Anyway I am convinced that the computer has had a major influence on the state of my memory.

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    find a doc that will send u off to a speciaiist for a diagnosis , thats the hard part , ours wants to try and treat the deficiency in vit d before referring mum on , by then it mite be too late if it isnt already

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    A few old couples used to get together to talk about life and to have a good time. One day one of the men, Harry, started talking about this fantastic restaurant he went to the other night with his wife. “Really?”, one of the men said, what’s it called? After thinking for a few seconds Harry said, “what are those good smelling flowers called again?” “Do you mean a rose? the first man questioned. “Yes that’s it,” he exclaimed. Looking over at his wife he said, “Rose what’s that restaurant we went to the other night?”


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