I am worried about my memory ! I started Googling poor memory looking for ways to improve it but found myself mostly reading about dementia. My wife has been driven mad by how often I misplace my keys, wallet and watch. I am not sure what changed but it has gradually driven me mad as well and then I started to notice that it wasn't just losing things, it was being unable to learn key codes for locks at work and forgetting the date when I go to sign a form even though I just looked at it. At work I worry about forgetting things so I am rechecking information all the time. My concentration is poor and my mind wanders and things from the past seem more alive than the present. A few times I have told my wife stories from work and she has told me “I told her that earlier” and when she told me I had left the window open in the shower and the bedroom was cold I argued that it wasn't me as I had absolutely no recollection. When she said “You did but can’t remember” I realised she was right but there was no Eureka moment. Nothing suddenly flashed back, just a very vague memory of my hand on the window opener that was stiff. The best way I can describe it is like trying to remember a dream. If I use information, I seem to have some chance of retaining it but if I just need to remember for later, I have to write it down. My wife talks with people in our road and knows their names and talks about them but even when I am part of the conversation I don’t always recognise them when I bump into them in the shop or down the road. People have commented to my wife that I am not friendly and ignore them and it isn't that at all, I just don’t recognise them straight away? Given time I can work out who they are and after being driven mad, by forgetting the sir names of two people I worked with the names came back after two days. There are times when I suddenly realise I have forgotten something and I know it is just normal forgetfulness but other times it feels like something else as there is no memory. I have never had a great memory but don’t remember it as being like this. Is that a joke? Someone on this forum mentioned counting backward from 100 in 7s. Well I tried it and concluded it was impossible then my wife proved it wasn't with extreme ease. I just can’t carry the numbers in my head. So I am wondering…. Do these symptoms sound like Alzheimer’s in the very first stages or am I just stressed and paranoid after too much reading? When you first have Alzheimer’s and start to forget things are they completely gone or are the memories initially there but difficult to access. Is loss of attention and daydreaming a part of it? I am seeing my GP on Friday but feel worried that on the one hand I am wasting her time and terrified on the other that I am not. Sorry this is so long. If anyone can offer anything informative I would really appreciate it.