CogniFit's Science blog: What Are Normal Memory Problems?

What Are Normal Memory Problems?

Nobody can remember everything. It's normal to experience memory problems, especially as you get older.

I like to think of this as a hard drive in a computer. Eventually the information that we all store in our brains can get overloaded.

When you are a baby you are re just beginning to learn things. When you become an elderly person you have encountered all kinds of things in your life that have been stored in your memory.

Recent memory is something we continue to encounter on a daily basis. This could include everything from what we ate for breakfast this morning, to what time we have a doctor’s appointment.

Long-term memory can go back many years. Think back to happy times you had when you were growing up. Perhaps you served in the service, or started a business from scratch. These are all things we can recall with our long term memory.

As you age and begin you lose brain cells. Our body also makes fewer chemicals which our brain needs to work. Over time these changes begin to affect us.

One way we overcome memory problems is to do things such as make a list of items we want to accomplish. Computers today help us keep track of things using a day timer. We also have a routine in our life that helps keep things in order.

Physical problems can create memory problems. These could include depression, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and side effects from heart attacks, strokes, and so on.

Many people worry about getting Alzheimer's disease and with good reason. Over time this can go from small memory problems to not being able to remember anything.

A serious memory problem can affect all of us in our daily lives. It's normal to forget things every now and then, but it's not normal to have problems remembering things you need to do such as turning off the water, turning off an oven and so on.

If you find yourself forgetting things more often than you used to in the past you may need to have a visit with your physician. If you have trouble learning new things you may be experiencing more than normal memory problems.

Other problems that could be more than normal memory problems include handling money, repeating things you previously discussed over and over, and so on.

It's normal for all of us to get busy in our lives and forget things. If it begins to become more serious than this we may be experiencing more than normal memory problems.