Signs it Might be Time to Talk to a Doctor About Memory Problems

It’s normal to forget things once and a while, but serious memory problems make it hard to do everyday things. But how do you know when to talk to your doctor about memory concerns? Signs include:

  • Asking the same questions over and over again
  • Getting lost in places you know well
  • Not being able to follow directions
  • Becoming more confused about time, people, and places
  • Not taking care of yourself—eating poorly, not bathing, or being unsafe

People with memory complaints should make a follow-up appointment to check their memory after 6 months to a year. They can ask a family member, friend, or the doctor’s office to remind them if they’re worried they’ll forget.

Learn more about memory loss and dealing with forgetfulness on the NIH website

Last Updated on April 29, 2020

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