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Why do women become more forgetful as they age?

Why do women become more forgetful as they age?

For the same as men.: More things to be concerned about: family, children and perhaps grandchildren, the economy, society in general. Then homrone changes will occur, and in women hrt will not give a female the Estradiol levels of a 30 year old. As we age, we accumalate other baggade. Wake up to urinate, sleep less in general, etc. We exercise less. Complex question with many facets. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Am i abnormal for my age, incontinent and forgetful at 50. I feel like a 90 year old woman!?

Am i abnormal for my age, incontinent and forgetful at 50. I feel like a 90 year old woman!?

Any balance probs?: Loss of memory iincontinence and ataxia suggest internal hydrocephalus which is usually treatable--consult with a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I possess forgetfulness, sometimes it causes embarrassment, i want to ask what are its reasons if it is in this age?

I possess forgetfulness, sometimes it causes embarrassment, i want to ask what are its reasons if it is in this age?

Inattention, maybe: Emotional troubles such as anxiety/depression are common reason for folks to not remember things. Attention deficit disorder is another common reason. Two subtypes--hyperactive and inattentive. The inattentive often gets less medical attention, but this can be/likely cause of your trouble. I advise a visit to your doc for assessment. Good luck. ...Read more

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A woman age 58-socially active, but experienced weight gain, forgetfulness & bad temperament/sensitive. What can be the possible causes?

A woman age 58-socially active, but experienced weight gain, forgetfulness & bad temperament/sensitive. What can be the possible causes?

Many causes: for memory loss and personality changes in her age group. She need an evaluation to rule out those causes that are correctable, and the causes that are treatable. Depression is but one treatable example that is common, is called "pseudo-dementia", may cause memory impairment and other symptoms that mimic dementia. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause forgetfulness?

What could cause forgetfulness?

So many things: Forgetfulness could result from a lot of things. Our emotions, sadness/depression, anxiety, neurological problems, attention problems, stress from any source, certain medications, illnesses, dementia and others can all contribute to forgetfulness.If this is a new problem for you and you have no underlying medical problem to account for it, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Forgetfulness: My colleagues have suggested ways you might address the forgetfulness of someone else, but i wondered whether you might be concerned about your own forgetfulness? If this is so, you can get a thorough evaluation by seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist. You may also need more in-depth neuropsychological testing and/or other studies. They can also suggest ways to help you with this issue. ...Read more

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Why am I so tired, forgetful and, burned out?

Depression/anxiety: Memory has multiple facets. Most people at this age it is concentration and attention. If you don't register it, you don't remember. We have too many things to remember so must prioritize. It is more likely anxiety and depression rather than any dementia process. I wrote a chapter on this in my book, psychiatry in techno colors, on amazon.Com. ...Read more

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Can NyQuil make you forgetful ? feel out of it ?

Can NyQuil make you forgetful ? feel out of it ?

Yes: Nyquil contains multiple ingredient in each capsule including one called Doxylamine which is an anti-histamine type medication) similar class as Benadryl). It is a first generation anti-histamine and therefore crosses the blood brain barrier and is known to cause sedation and "brain fog" after taking it and even after waking up in the morning. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about increasing forgetfulness?

Possibly: If it is progressive and there are no situatioinal stressors to account for this like anxiety depression then you should pay attention to see where it goes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Forgetfulness?

Memory is complex.: In assessing for memory defects, we divide memory into short term (3 minutes or less) and long term (15-to-20 minutes). Some clinicians vary these times and add a middle or "intermediate" range (3-to-20 minutes). There are standard tests that assess recall, after presenting standardized things to remember. Norms are generated by age. See a psychologist for testing if you have doubts. ...Read more

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What foods or habits can I cultivate to reduce forgetfulness?

Skim this article: Do you mean 'more able to stay focused' by 'reduce forgetfulness'? Skim this article. It has some good pointers: http://healthland.Time.Com/2012/07/23/13-ways-to-beat-distractions-and-stay-focused-at-work/?Iid=hl-main-mostpop1. ...Read more

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Can stress make me forget things ? Been very forgetful lately.

Yes - stress can: ^ forgetfulness. To address stress: Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle ...Read more

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My daughter who is 12 years struggles to finish her tasks and is forgetful ?

My daughter who is 12 years struggles to finish her tasks and is forgetful ?

Forgetful & tasks: The question comes to mind, is she forgetful because she doesn't want to complete her tasks or for other reasons. How are her school grades? How is her diet and exercise level? Please take her to the doctor for a check up. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My memory has been worse than last year, and I am only 23. What causes forgetfulness?

Many things: A person's memory is actually made of different parts and each part has different possible causes for memory loss. In general, memory problems can occur from alcohol abuse, mood disorders, psychosis, stress and anxiety, psychological trauma, head injuries and dementia. However, at your age, you may simply have too much to think about and this may cause problems with "working memory". ...Read more

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Can you really be forgetful when I haven't had a decent nights sleep in over 2 weeks how dose it affect you ?

Can you really be forgetful when I haven't had a decent nights sleep in over 2 weeks how dose it affect you ?

Absolutely.: Lack of sleep is one of those things that can make us forgetful and not retain memories as well. That's why they say to get a good night sleep before a test - it helps consolidate memories and facts. If you haven't slept well in 2 weeks, you will feel tired, sluggish, and not as quick mentally. ...Read more

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Im 17 yrs old but im struggling of being forgetful. I even forgot the nmes of my clssm8s sometimes, what exercise or routine should I do?

Im 17 yrs old but im struggling of being forgetful. I even forgot the nmes of my clssm8s sometimes, what exercise or routine should I do?

1st consult with doc: Before recommending cognitive exercises, i would first rule out any medical issues. There are several medical conditions that can impact our ability to think, and store short/long term memory. ...Read more

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My grandma had alszheimers.I'm 26 and I seem to be more forgetful than my peers. Are there any tests for me to take to determine the cause?

My grandma had alszheimers.I'm 26 and I seem to be more forgetful than my peers. Are there any tests for me to take to determine the cause?

Alzheimers unlikely: Common causes of impaired memory in young people include brain injury, drug/alcohol use, seizure disorder, sleep apnea/deprivation. You're too young for alzheimers. You could also be perfectly normal. Psychologists can administer careful memory tests to say whether your memory is normal, and if not, how it is not. You may want to run this by your primary care doc first, though: testing is $$. ...Read more

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I am 34 years old and suffer from EXRTEME forgetfulness, like forget full coversations I have had just the day before. Could this be serious?

It's serious...: ...if it affects your ability to function. There's more than 1 possibility: Some people's "forgetfulness" is actually attentional more than memory; they're distracted by internal stimuli. If the memory never goes in, it can't come out. Since this is so distressing to you, consider neuropsychological testing to find out what kind of memory problem you really have and how severe it really is. ...Read more

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2 years ago i fell in the toilet and hit my back head on the floor. I bcome very forgetful, like smtime i frgot what I do in the morning.Is it normal?

No but ...: I wouldn't expect post concussive cognitive problems at this point. Could you be depressed? That would effect your concentration & therefore, memory. ...Read more

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