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why is my memory not as good as before especially remembering names? anything i can do?

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Memory: Sometimes considered a part of normal aging, difficulty with names can be a precursor to full blown anomic aphasia, a type of dementia in the alzheimer's category. I do not mean to frighten you, but you should see a neurologist to review this problem, assess if there are reversible causes or neuroprotective actions you can take. Reducing stress is paramount.

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The sherlock holmes movie character has a photographic memory. Do some people really have this, and how common is this trait?

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When should I retire if physically strong but slipping memory?

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Decline in performan: When you endanger yourself or others or when your performance declines significantly.

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