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I forget family member's first names and many other people at my church too

Discussion in 'Memory concerns and seeking a diagnosis' started by shirl38//, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. shirl38//

    shirl38// Registered User

    Oct 23, 2015
    1
    USA, Ohio
    Hello,
    I am a senior, I turn 65 in mid January. My father had Alzheimer's. He spent the last five years of his life in a nursing home. He lived a long life till age 93.
    I was at my sister in law's house today, and two of her great grandchildren were there, and I could not remember the one's first name. I felt baffled, and I was sitting there trying to think of it, and I could not remember and then I was trying to think of the first letter in her name. I thought of letter P and I still could not remember and then all of the sudden, the name Paige came to mind. Her first name is Paige. The same thing happened at a funeral about a month and a half ago. One of the family members on my husband's side of the family, I could not remember her husband's first name. I knew it and I felt stupid. Later it came to me and it was Dan. Also people at my church. Should I see a doctor about this?
     
  2. BeckyJan

    BeckyJan Registered User

    Nov 28, 2005
    18,972
    Derbyshire
    Hello and welcome to Talking Point.

    I think if this is worrying you then it is important to see a Doctor. Memory losses can be caused by many reasons other than dementia and it may be worth having a check up in case its a general health problem.

    I think many of us as we get older can temporarily forget a friend or family name but this is not necessarily going to get any worse than that. I hope this is the case for you.

    Before seeing a Doctor it may be worth you making notes of any episodes you have of memory difficulties and then take that list to him/her.

    Best wishes
     
  3. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,222
    Merseyside
    Welcome to TP :)

    As Jan says other health issues can cause memory problem.
    See your GP & take it from there.
     
  4. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,860
    Female
    Scotland
    I would also suggest that by the time you get to great grandchildren a lot of family members have accumulated making it harder to remember them all. After reading your post I decided to go through my sister's children, grandchildren (8) and great grandchildren (3). I was struggling with the most recent ones and I have no memory issues. Sometimes your brain just selects what you need to know and shoves the other stuff on the back burner.
     

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