We’re not talking the “where am I?” feeling when you first open your eyes on a new morning, or forgetting a phone number sooner than you thought you would – or maybe we are – it could encompass any/all of these happenings!
But mostly what we mean by ‘early memory loss’ is for people aged 50 or over, who forget some small things from time to time. It could be a symptom of our busy lives, growing older and having too much on our minds – nothing to worry about – or it could be something that needs more attention.
As with anything, if you notice any changes in your memory, it’s best to catch it early and have it checked out – before it has the chance to develop into something more significant – like Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a build-up of ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ in the brain which cause memories and brain function to fade over time, affecting patients ability to live independently and look after themselves.
Mild cognitive impairment (minor memory loss) can, unfortunately, sometimes be the beginning of the road towards Alzheimer’s disease, so catching it early can be beneficial to help you get the medication you need to help slow the progression.
If you’re worried about your memory or somebody else’s, check out our Memory Quiz and find out whether you may qualify for a new clinical research trial into early memory loss.
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