Memory loss and forgetfulness
Several things can cause problems with your memory, including stress, anxiety and depression.
Becoming more forgetful does not mean that you have dementia. Some people can remember things better than others.
Many of the causes of memory problems can get better with the right support and treatment.
Memory problems vary from person to person. What you consider to be a problem depends partly on what you need or expect to be able to do.
Some very common memory problems include:
- forgetting people’s names
- struggling to remember day-to-day events or experiences
- misplacing items (such as keys or glasses) around the house
- getting lost in a familiar place or on a familiar journey
- finding it hard to start or follow conversations
- forgetting appointments or important dates (such as birthdays)
- struggling with the steps in a recipe.
Worried that yours or someone else's symptoms may be dementia? The first thing to do is to contact your GP surgery. We have advice to help you start and get the most out of a conversation with your GP.
We also have accessible resources, including information about dementia translated into a range of languages.
Looking after your health will help with your memory day-to-day and in the long run.
People remember things in different ways. This means some strategies will work better for some people. Read about different strategies you could try to help you cope with memory problems.