When to Be concerned?
(Merrimack, NH, USA)
Am I Losing My Marbles Due To Aging and Disease?
I would like to know at what point to be concerned about memory loss, and whether it is related to secondary aging.
I am 55 and have noticed I forget words or take much longer than I used to retrieve information I know is somewhere in my mental filing cabinet.
Beyond myself, I live with an 81-year-old family member. Her memory seems stronger some days than others, and sometimes she simply cannot follow the logic of something, either.
Then this mental state will clear up and she will be absolutely crystal clear again. I am especially uncertain with respect to my family member. She also has hearing loss in spite of hearing aids.
I sometimes think it isn’t that she has forgotten something – it is that she never heard it in the first place.
We both also have slight thyroid deficiencies, and we have medication for this but when it is out of adjustment our memories seem less effective.