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Memory

It's easy to take memory for granted until it starts to fade. These articles can enable you to understand, sharpen, and improve your memory and help you avoid memory loss.

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A strong memory depends on the health and vitality of your brain. Just as exercise will improve your physical fitness, there are plenty of ways to exercise your brain, improve your memory, and stay mentally sharp.

Sleep, diet, and spending time with friends can also boost your memory, even as you age. When you exercise your mind and spend time connecting with others, you’ll experience a huge emotional boost.

Use this quiz to test whether a person's memory loss needs further assessment. Show the quiz >>

Memory

1. Does your loved one have memory loss?

Yes No

2. If yes, is his or her memory worse than a few years ago?

Yes No

3. Does your loved one repeat questions, statements, or stories in the same day? (2 points)

Yes No

4. Have you had to take over tracking events or appointments, or does your loved one forget appointments?

Yes No

5. Does your loved one misplace items more than once per month, or so that he or she can't find them?

Yes No

6. Does your loved one suspect others of hiding or stealing items when he or she cannot find them?

Yes No

Orientation

7. Does your loved one frequently have trouble knowing the day, date, month, year, or time, or check the date more than once a day? (2 points)

Yes No

8. Does your loved one become disoriented in unfamiliar places?

Yes No

9. Does your loved one become more confused outside the home or when traveling?

Yes No

Functional Ability (exlcuding physical limitations)

10. Does your loved one have trouble handling money (tips, calculating change)?

Yes No

11. Does your loved one have trouble paying bills or doing finances? (2 points)

Yes No

12. Does your loved one have trouble remembering to take medicines or tracking medications taken?

Yes No

13. Does your loved one have difficulty driving or are you concerned about him or her driving?

Yes No

14. Is your loved one having trouble using applicances (e.g. microwave, oven, stove, remote control, telephone, alarm clock)?

Yes No

15. Does your loved one have difficulty completing home repair or other home-related tasks, such as housekeeping?

Yes No

16. Has your loved one given up or significantly cut back on hobbies such as golf, dancing, exercise, or crafts?

Yes No

Visuospatial Ability

17. Does your loved one get lost in familiar surroundings, such as their own neighborhood? (2 points)

Yes No

18. Does he or she have a decreased sense of direction?

Yes No

Language

19. Does your loved one have trouble finding words other than names?

Yes No

20. Does your loved one confuse names of family members or friends? (2 points)

Yes No

21. Does your loved one have trouble recognizing familiar people? (2 points)

Yes No

Please answer all the questions

Score:

Interpreting the score:

  • 0 to 4: No cause for concern
  • 5 to 14: Memory loss may be MCI, an early warning of Alzheimer's
  • 15 and above: Alzheimer's may have already developed

This questionnaire is not intended to replace professional diagnosis.

Source: BMC Geriatrics

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Additionally, it takes energy and focus to successfully make major life changes. You can gain strength through regular exercise, a healthy diet, and activities that reduce stress.