"I'm having a senior moment!" It is something we may blurt out when we incorrectly relay information or forget why we stopped at the supermarket.
For some, it is a laugh-it-away moment as many momentary mental slips are common. For others, it sets off a quiet internal alarm for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: "Am I starting to lose my memory?" Some memory problems are solved by writing a to-do list. Others deserve medical attention.
Everyday forgetfulness is annoying, but not a cause for major concern. This includes occasional mental fogginess about:
Memory loss that can be more problematic—and worthy of professional medical attention— could include:
“If memory issues begin to interfere with the quality of your daily life, you need to be aware of a potentially more serious issue,” explains Kenneth Pugar, DO, a neurologist at Kettering Health Network.
“The good news is people can make a difference in preserving memory function,” says Dr. Pugar. There is clear evidence that lifestyle modification and certain behaviors can delay the onset or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
Dr. Pugar offers the following tips that may reward you with unexpected brain benefits and help your mind to stay sharp:
Which is it?
To determine the difference between simple memory loss and a more significant problem, talk to your doctor or visit a neurologist.