42 year old woman losing memory

by MM

I am a 42 year old woman, and I take care of many children for a living. Lately, this year especially, I am forgetting many things... phone numbers that I memorized, something important someone told me the other day, etc.

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Sometimes I stick things in the freezer, or in the cupboard when they don't belong there. Sometimes, I lose my money someone paid me the other day. One time I even lost my purse and couldn't find it for eight hours of searching.

I feel embarrassed by my memory problems, and I know I can't help it... but I wish I knew why... and sometimes I am afraid maybe I have early signs of senility.

Does anyone my age have the same problem?

Doug's Reply. You might want to ask your doctor about cognitive testing. It's probably better to know whether your memory is truly declining, because maybe there is something that can be done.

For more information, check out the article Have Your Memory Tested If You Think It's Getting Worse in the August 2014 back issue of my email newsletter.

The article examples of memory lapses that are probably due to normal aging compared to memory problems that are more serious.

Plus, it also describes what is involved in cognitive testing. For example, the doctor may interview you and gather medical history; perform certain blood tests to look for vitamin deficiency and other things; or suggest an MRI or other brain scan.

Anyone else with knowledge of age-related memory loss, feel free to add a comment to this post.

Regards and best of luck,
This is information only. It is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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