Have you ever wondered about your memory?

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

I think most of us who are at middle age and older wonder to ourselves, “Am I getting forgetful?”  “Is my forgetfulness normal – or not?”

How many times have you laid down your car keys and couldn’t remember where you put them? (Personally, I have a reputation for losing my keys, frequently -- very frequently!) Does that mean you might have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? The answer is, “No.” That example in and of itself is not evidence that you have memory impairment, but if you are wondering, you can do something about it on Nov. 18.

Believe it or not, National Memory Screening Day is Nov. 18, 2008.  According to this Web site, this is what should cause you to “wonder” more seriously about your memory:

• Do you have trouble concentrating?

• Do you have trouble performing familiar tasks?

• Do you have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?

• Do I sometimes forget where I am?

• Have people told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?

• Have I become lost in a familiar area when walking or driving?

• Have my family or friends noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality or desire to do things?

I want to applaud the Commons of Providence Memory Care Assisted Living Center for their innovative idea of offering free and confidential memory screenings to the public on National Memory Screening Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18. This will be available at 4901 Providence Drive, Sandusky.  The purpose of getting screened is to improve the likelihood of early detection of dementia and to learn what you should do next.  

The memory screening is not a method of testing for Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. It is simply a series of questions used to screen out those who do not show signs and symptoms of memory impairment and those who might. 

This is a free service and is open to the public. There will be a variety of door prizes and vendors on site. No appointments are necessary.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: National Memory Screening Day

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18

WHERE: 4901 Providence Drive, Sandusky

COST: Free. No appointments are necessary.

Comments

Anonymous

If when in a parking lot, one has difficulty remembering where one parked one's car - that simple forgetfulness.

If, on the other hand one can't remember what kind of car one drove - that's a concern.

IMO, a lot of our modern day ‘problems’are symptoms of simple stress. Take a vacation, take a rest, meditate, etc.

IMO, we’re fast becoming a nation of hypochondriacs. There’s too much nonsensical garbage information that our society expects us to remember anyway.

Anonymous

"Why should I remember anything if I can just look it up?"

Sue, you have brought up an interesting topic. There are many reasons why memories fade and it is not always due to aging. I know of several older people that have sharp minds and very good memories. I recall a guy that I used to work with who was put on some kind of medications that affected his memory. He actually got lost at work and had no idea where he was at. Besides medications, stress, depression and simply not paying attention to what you are doing can affect memory. Also there are lack of nutrients that people do not get and also hormone imbalances that contribute to memory problems.

About your keys. ALWAYS put them in the same place everyday and you will never lose them. :)

Anonymous

Write stuff down. I often make lists.

IMO, smart people use pen and paper. Stupid people try to keep it in their heads and believe that they'll retrieve it later when needed.

Also, I have an extensive travel list on file that I print out every time that I'm going out of town. I add and subtract items as necessary.

Lastly, memory skills and recall techniques are not taught in school.

Anonymous

... is the second thing to go. Just cant remember what the first thing is.

Anonymous

" The Amushunkwa Indians say the brave who sings under many names is searching for wisdom in the bloom of the buffalo dung… IMO..."

Anonymous

Return to the old ways of your ancestors and give up the white man's firewater, it's damaging your brain.

Gulliver

I'm curious to know.... 1. Are any of the readers of this blog planning to go to the screening for their own benefit?
2. Do you have a friend or relative who could benefit from having their memory screened? -- Sue

Anonymous

Ms. Daugherty:

1. No. Other than an occasional 'boomer moment' - no problems.

2. Probably. But they wouldn't go and it ain’t worth the attempt to cajole them into it.

We’re a nation of hypochondriacs. Reminds me of our daughter who used to come to us with every scratch and scrape and want a band aide applied.

To fund universal health care, we as a nation will have to borrow more capital from overseas or see our income taxes go to eighty-five percent.

Anonymous

Jeff, where did you get that 85% income tax figure? Or did you forget?

Anonymous

To R.H.S.:

In passing I heard some talking head on CNBC refer to Sweden's eighty five percent tax rate. Sounded about right to me.

When the Chinese, Japanese and others will no longer buy our paper in order to help fund U.S. fiscal debt, then perhaps we can try for ninety and beat those Arians!

Anonymous

http://www.worldwide-tax.com/

Looks like 0% to 56% depending on income to me. VAT (value added tax) is similar to sales tax (not charged on food and drink). As always, we point to the tax rate on the wealthiest, not the rate on the average guy.

Anonymous

To R.H.S.:

Good for you. Glad to see that you'll perform some fact checking. I already did it, but wanted to see if you would.

Including the VAT (I know the acronym) it comes to eighty-five. I obviously mis-wrote when I attached the word ‘income.’ Like I wrote, I heard the comment in passing.

Still, fifty percent is a big number. How hard would you work if you had to give half of your income to the govt. and still had to support a family?

I’ve been there bunkie. Be self-employed and pay Soc. Sec., state and Fed taxes and you’re there – and then some.

Something else: Sweden recently rescinded their ‘wealth tax.’

I’m waiting for the Dems to call for a wealth tax on millionaires and billionaires that’ll hit trustfundies like the Kennedys and gigolos like Kerry. Make ‘em pay a Federal tax of one to one half percent annually on the market value ALL THEIR ASSETS.

If Warren Buffett had to pay an annual wealth tax, do ya think he’d be going before Congress and asking to keep the estate tax intact? No, that rich weasel is going to give all his money to charity when he dies and stiff the govt.

I’ll perhaps believe all the Dems ‘tax the rich’ nonsense when they enact a wealth tax.

High marginal tax rates are viewed as a cost on success. If high taxes were a good thing, there’d be more people smoking cigarettes. What govts. increase taxes on, they tend to get less of.

Regardless, there ain’t enough rich people to fund all of the unfunded liabilities of the Federal wealth and welfare programs like Soc. Sec., Medicare and Medicaid and potentially universal health care. We’re talking tens and perhaps hundreds of trillions of dollars.

If you like, go do some more fact checking.