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More than forgetfulness

Last Updated: 17 January 2019








More than forgetfulness

Dementia isn’t a condition itself, but is actually a term used to describe a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia can be caused by conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease or even a series of strokes. 

Memory loss happens from time to time but if you notice the following symptoms in yourself or in others it’s recommended that you visit your GP for advice:


·         struggling to remember recent events, although easily recalling things that happened in the past

·         finding it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV

·         forgetting the names of friends or everyday objects

·         difficulty recalling things you have heard, seen or read

·         noticing that you repeat yourself or lose the thread of what you are saying

·         having problems thinking and reasoning

·         feeling confused in familiar environments1

Remember that memory loss isn’t just a normal part of aging and the sooner you can get help, the better you’ll feel in the future. 



Written by Ruth Tongue
(MSc Nutrition)


Healthy ageing
Mental health
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