Fear of my memory deteriorating

Not sure if this is an age thing or maybe I am just too distracted but a few months back while standing in front of my door I suddenly forgot for a moment which was my house key or what I was even doing.

Another time was when I was in thailand buying tickets for an exhibit then I suddenly forgot about receiving change right after I was handed change by the staff. Perhaps it was the lack of sleep or stress but that really shook me for awhile.

There are times where the magnitude of such situations were not as bad for example heading towards the kitchen for a drink then suddenly forgetting why i was there in the first place until a few moments later I snap back.

Recently it has been better but I still have this fear that I will get dementia early :disappointed_relieved:

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Hi @Otterworldly

Thank you for taking the time to share your struggles and worries with us here. I want to affirm you that it’s actually quite common for people to experience occasional forgetfulness, especially during times of stress, lack of sleep, or distraction. However, persistent concerns about memory loss can be distressing. Also I’d like you to note that occasional lapses in memory don’t necessarily indicate dementia, as there can be various reasons for forgetfulness.

Here are a few considerations as to why you might be forgetting things recently:

  1. Stress and Lack of Sleep: Both stress and lack of sleep can significantly impact cognitive function and memory. If you’ve been experiencing high levels of stress or have a disrupted sleep pattern, addressing these factors may lead to improvements in your memory.

  2. Age-Related Memory Changes: As people age, it’s normal to experience changes in memory. However, significant memory loss and cognitive decline are not a normal part of aging. If you’re concerned, please do consult with a healthcare professional for a proper assessment.

  3. Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can contribute to better cognitive function. This includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, proper hydration, and adequate sleep. Physical activity has been linked to improved cognitive health! :slight_smile:

  4. Mental Stimulation: Engaging in mentally stimulating activities, such as puzzles, reading, or learning new skills, can help keep your brain active and may contribute to better memory.

  5. Medical Check-Up: If you have persistent concerns about your memory, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional. They can perform a thorough evaluation, taking into consideration your medical history, lifestyle factors, and conduct any necessary tests to assess your cognitive function.

While occasional forgetfulness is common, significant or worsening memory issues should be discussed with a healthcare professional such as a doctor. They can help determine the underlying causes and provide guidance on any necessary steps for improvement or management.

Remember that anxiety about memory can itself contribute to feelings of forgetfulness, so addressing your concerns with a healthcare professional can provide reassurance and support :slight_smile:

Let us know how you’re coping, we’d love to support you further. Hear from you soon!

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Thank you @cottonsoul for taking the time to reply! Hmm age wise I am relatively young in my 20s , I do exercise regularly 3-4 times a week too as much as possible but I guess maybe it could be an irregular sleep schedule sometimes that would be the main factor.

Hmmm what kind of doctors should I seek help from ? Not too sure where to start out :sweat_smile:

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Hi @Otterworldly

Yes, you can actually first approach your family doctor to ask for an assessment :slight_smile:
From there, you can ask them for advice about the next steps. You can also read more about this below:

https://www.healthhub.sg/programmes/mindsg/caring-for-ourselves/managing-dementia-seniors

Please don’t worry about the word “dementia”, I shared the link here as they have a few Memory Clinics listed below (check them out!) to help people to assess their memory and any cognitive issues. You can try them out too.

Hope this helps!

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