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Therapist says its age, what do you think?

Discussion in 'Later in Life and Seniors' started by texaskitty, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. texaskitty

    texaskitty SF Cat Lady Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    I am having trouble remembering things. Old things and new things. (oh I am 58).

    I have to keep a large planner and record such things as (gasp) bowel movements, mood swings, who I talked to, appts. things to talk to pdoc and tdoc about because I just don't remember anymore.

    Does this happen to anyone else?
     
  2. SillyOldBear

    SillyOldBear Teddy Bear Fanatic Staff Alumni

    Texas, I took tons of notes at my computer workshop Saturday. No one else did. I always make careful note as to where I park my car or I will panic when I can't find it. I am sure age is part of it. But not sure it is all of it. Why don't you try and find some 'brain exercises'. Maybe study something you never have before. Oceanography, history of Texas, try a musical instrument. (the recorder should be pretty inexpensive). Exercise those brain cells. I suspect mine would be totally dead if I wasn't still working.
     
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  3. Kiwi2016

    Kiwi2016 Forum Pro

    I too have to write down everything...otherwise it seems like in one ear out the other...glad I'm not alone...also think its part of too many things going on at once...e.g. multi-tasking that I used to do a few years ago doesn't seem to work as well...
     
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  4. texaskitty

    texaskitty SF Cat Lady Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    Yes Barb, you are right I need to pick something to learn and work at that exercises the brain. I am told you can form new neural synapses.

    No Kiwi you are not alone!
     
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  5. Sneaze

    Sneaze Member

    Your not alone! I admire how organized you are about remembering things!
     
  6. Kiwi2016

    Kiwi2016 Forum Pro

    Good to know that I'm in good company.
     
  7. Claudia UK

    Claudia UK Well-Known Member

    You not alone Texas. I am 52 and like you I write everything down on my computer or make notes on post its..lol My Computer screen is full of stickers and even in my kitchen is a board hanging up where I write things down. Yes, it is probably an age thing too but I was always like that .
     
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  8. SinisterKid

    SinisterKid We either find a way, or make one. SF Supporter

    Yeah, 50 something and a memory like a sieve, so you are most definitely not alone. I can remember a 16 digit number without problems, but a simple 2 or 3 digit number just wont stay in. Frustrating as hell, but at least I am not my mother in law, which is a blessing.
     
  9. Tpmcg002

    Tpmcg002 Well-Known Member

    Stress plays a big role in forgetting as do things like diet and sleep. I forget the craziest things and then will remember something else verbatim. But age does change it too...I am 69 and don't remember what I use to for sure. But I am better when I feel better . When my depression is more active or the ptsd I have lots more trouble.
     
  10. SillyOldBear

    SillyOldBear Teddy Bear Fanatic Staff Alumni

    To bad we can't 'selectively' forget. Like remember where we parked the car, but forget all the bad crap we did during our life.
     
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  11. Kiwi2016

    Kiwi2016 Forum Pro

    One can dream to live in denial
     
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  12. Chargette

    Chargette Well-Known Member

    I'm now 60 and forgetfulness is my specialty. :)
     
  13. Inastorm

    Inastorm Well-Known Member

    Ive worked alot with dementia suffers, and im not an expert, but it does sound like normal ageing, so I wouldn't panic - it wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on it and get checked up by the doctor periodically. The main signs to worry about is things like forgetting why your doing something, such as you go for a bath and you don't know how you got their or you get lost in your own house.
     
  14. Jasonpi

    Jasonpi Well-Known Member

    My wife keeps a notepad with everything written down, im male so I get lost a lot.. .
     
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  15. Paisley

    Paisley * * * SF Artist SF Supporter

    I'm young still but I have a similar problem. Need to make list after list for everything important I have to do, including lists of things I need to talk to my psychologist about at our next appointment. The wall above my desk is covered in post-it notes because if I think of something I need to remember then I have to write it down otherwise I run the risk of forgetting what it was I thought of.
     
  16. HumanExMachina

    HumanExMachina Pizza Spaceman Forum Pro SF Artist SF Supporter

    My phone is my portable extra brain I use to help me remember stuff. I make notes in Google Keep, and use the phone's alarm clock a lot. I've always had an awful memory[​IMG]
     
  17. Winter Blues

    Winter Blues SF Supporter

    I have post it notes / sticky notes everywhere ... it’s the only way - life is just too full on to remember everything, Judy know you are hugely loved here ..... full stop ! X
     
  18. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Eccentric writer, general weirdo, heedless heathen

    I don't know if it can all be attributed to age. I'm fairly young but I've had memory problems for years. But it's only my short term memory that is affected. I can remember things from decades ago, but can't remember why I went into the kitchen, lol.