Monday, November 02, 2009

Is It Memory Loss?

Lucy couldn't find her insurance cards. She looked in her wallet. It wasn't there. She looked through her purse. No luck. Finally, she found it on her desk. Yesterday, she forgot where she put her keys. Her memory seems to be playing games with her and she is starting to be worried about itLucy saw her doctor. After a good physical exam and lab work-up, the doctor said that Lucy was fine. Lucy's doctor suggested that take a class, play cards with friends, or help out at the local school to sharpen her memory.

What is mild forgetfulness?
It is true that some of us get more forgetful as we age. Itmay take longer to learn new things, remember familiar names and words, or find our glasses. These are usually
signs of mild forgetfulness, not serious memory problems. If you’re worried about your forgetfulness, see your doctor. You also can do many things to help keep your
memory sharp. Finding a hobby, spending time with friends, eating well, and exercising may help you stay alert and clear-headed.

Here are some ways to help your memory:
• Learn a new skill.
• Volunteer in your community, school, or place of worship.
• Spend time with friends and family whenever possible.
• Use memory tools such as big calendars, to-do lists,and notes to yourself.
• Put your wallet or purse, keys, and glasses in the same place each day.
• Get lots of rest.
• Exercise and eat well.
• Don’t drink a lot of alcohol.
• Get help if you feel depressed for weeks at a time.