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Are you constantly forgetting things?

19 December 2021

Local News

Written byLisa Cable

Are you constantly forgetting things?

At times we all worry about being forgetful and what it can mean for our overall health. We may have grandparents, parents or other loved ones that have experienced Dementia, so minds race as we worry about what this means.

One way we might be able to reassure ourselves is to think about what we have got going on at the moment. Many of us have lots to juggle with our older parents that need help with their finances and medication to our kids that seem to have endless dramas and need constant lifts to their activities. All on top of work and all that entails!

It is also worth knowing that some forgetting is considered normal and likely to impact everyone at some stage.

What type of forgetting is normal?

  • Too many competing priorities – Forgetting under these circumstances is likely normal. A sign that we have lots on and feel under pressure or stressed by the competing priorities.
  • Temporarily forgetting – Forgetting words, names and places can be entirely normal if you can recall them later or they suddenly spring back to mind. It is not normal to permanently forget once familiar things.
  • Managing memory – It is ok if you rely on tools or lists to manage tasks and to-dos. In our busy lives, it is virtually impossible to survive without a written reminder. A cause for concern is if you forget to check these tools to help jog your memory.
  • Still looking after yourself – Many people with memory issues will forget to wash, change clothes or even eat properly. If any of these raises a red flag, then you should reach out for support.
  • Normal Behaviour – Forgetting coupled with behaviour changes could be a sign of concern. Changes in behaviour could include:
    • Changes in demeanour.
    • Frustration with little things.
    • Unable to correctly sequence steps in a day to day task.

Of course, you should never dismiss your health concerns so speaking to a GP is always a good first step. But, also make sure you are giving yourself a bit of a break. Being all things to all people all of the time is pretty impossible!

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Lisa Cable

Lisa Cable

Director & Owner

An experienced business manager, Lisa oversees the operations and direction of Radfield Home Care Havering and Brentwood.

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