Signs of Memory Loss

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Everyone older than thirty begins to worry that their intermittent bouts of “brain fog” are not indicators of the beginning of Alzheimer’s or some other degenerative memory loss problem.

The Memory Research Department of the University of Wisconsin has compiled a list of possible indicators of memory problems. In addition, if you are still uncertain if you are in trouble, you can check the website for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Early, Usually innocent, memory loss

  • Trouble finding the right word
  • Misplacing keys or wallet
  • Forgetting to turn off the stove
  • “Blanking” on a familiar person’s name
  • Forgetting an occasional appointment
  • Momentarily forgetting what day of the week it is

Severe Memory Loss

  • Unable to name common objects
  • Putting items in inappropriate places — like an iron in the refrigerator
  • Unaware of date, time and year
  • Unable to understand words
  • Getting lost on one’s street
  • Disoriented when at familiar places
  • Not knowing where you are or how you got there
  • Speaking unintelligently, substituting inappropriate words
  • Asking the same question over and over again

Other changes associated with severe memory loss

  • Mood swings for no apparent reason
  • Inability to perform basic chores, like turning a doorknob or setting a table
  • Extreme personality changes — going from an easy-going person to someone fearful and suspicious
  • Can not make simple calculations, or balance a checkbook
  • Noticeable confusion
  • Repeated problems with speech or communication

After reading these lists most of you will give a sigh of relief. If you recognize or someone you know on the more severe list, get them help. Dementia and Alzheimer’s can not be cured, but it can be slowed down if caught in time. It also may be prevented as long as a healthy lifestyle and exercise program for the body and the mind has been established early in life — before the onset of the memory diseases.

By regularly exercising your brain you should be able to see an improvement in your memory — which could extend your brain life. For additional help you can check out my CDs on memory training.

From the desk of Ron White

Memory Training


BrainFit 10 minutes a Day for a Sharper Mind and Memory, by Corinnel L. Gediman with Francis N. Crinella, Ph.D.

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