If you are worried about your memory, then you should talk to your doctor without delay.

Some people may feel frightened or embarrassed but talking to your doctor could make all the difference. There are a number of possible reasons for changes to memory.

You should visit your doctor if you are experiencing changes to your memory, mood or ability to manage everyday life and especially if you:

  • Feel your memory has changed significantly or rapidly
  • Forget the names of friends or everyday objects regularly
  • Find it hard to follow conversations or television programmes
  • Notice that you regularly repeat yourself or lose your train of thought when speaking
  • Find managing money or everyday tasks increasingly difficult
  • Find it hard to remember things you have seen, read or heard
  • Feel anxious, angry or frustrated by the changes you are experiencing

Tips when Visiting the Doctor

Before you visit your doctor, make a note of the changes you have noticed. Perhaps keep a diary to help you collect examples of things that are causing you to worry, when they happen and how often they are happening. This will help you to talk to your doctor about your concerns.

You may find it helpful to talk to a trusted loved one before your visit. You could ask them if they have noticed any changes and this may help you to prepare for the visit. You could also ask this person to come with you to your doctor. Having someone with you can support you and also help to keep a note of what the doctor advises the next steps should be.

If you would like to talk to someone about your concerns and about visiting the doctor, call the Alzheimer National Helpline.

Take the next Step

There are a number of possible reasons for changes in memory. Finding out what is happening is a positive step. 

Getting an early diagnosis mean you can:

  • Access appropriate treatments, services and supports
  • Plan your legal and financial affairs
  • Make decisions about your future

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