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Ever wonder what you walked in the room to do? Couldn’t remember where you put your car keys? Forgotten someone’s name?
Take heart, you’re not alone. Everyone, at some point in time, has had one of those moments.
“Most people who think they have a memory problem don’t,” says Charles Lawler, M.D., who specializes in internal medicine and geriatrics. “When people complain about their memory, it actually is a good thing … most people who have dementia don’t really know it themselves.”
For a lot of us, hitting age 50 gets us thinking about our overall health — and our memory is part of that. As we age, memory fades.
While there is no evidence to show there is anything we can do to prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Lawler says there are a few things that might help with memory health:
Many people don’t even realize they are having memory deficits, so discussing the issue with a loved one who is struggling may be difficult. Some signs that memory loss may be more serious than the occasional complaint of not being able to find the car keys or forgetting a name include:
If you notice any of these signs in a loved one or have concerns about them, talk with your loved one and their physician.
Dr. Charles Lawler is an internal medicine physician who specializes in geriatrics. To learn more about Dr. Lawler or to schedule an appointment online, visit his online profile.
Older adults have unique medical and psychological needs. Learn about our geriatric services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, including an inpatient program for adults aged 60 and older, and an inpatient Generations program for ages 50 and older.
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