Memory Loss

For many individuals, cognitive functions change as they grow older and they may begin to experience memory loss. Forgetfulness is a normal part of aging, but it may also be a sign of a more serious condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The following suggestions will help you or your loved one cope with memory loss and learn when to seek help:

Memory Loss Guidelines

  • 1 Make to-do lists, use notes, and keep a calendar to help you remember important tasks, information, and events.
  • 2 Ask trusted individuals (family members, friends, etc.) to help you remember things.
  • 3 Always put objects in specific, consistent spots so you know where they are.
  • 4 Adopt a hobby that keeps you mentally engaged to help your mind stay sharp.
  • 5 Physical exercise has been shown to help improve brain function, so stay active as much as possible.
  • 6 Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs that may cause brain damage or memory loss.
  • 7 If you start forgetting things more frequently than you used to, talk to your doctor to see if something more serious is going on.
  • 8 If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s or another disease that affects memory, tell your doctor.

Memory Loss Checklist

  • Important tasks, information, and events are written down.
  • Every object has a place and is in its place.
  • Hobbies and physical activity is scheduled.