I am a 60 year old man who is of good health. My problem however is that I often forget simple things such as knowing where I put my car keys, money among other things. Kindly let me know if this is normal for my age or I need to do something about it.
Balogun (by SMS)
Yes. These small memory lapses happen. They’re a normal part of aging — just like creaky knees, wrinkled skin, or blurry vision. As you get older, chances are you’ll sometimes forget a word, where you left your car keys, or the name of a neighbour you bumped into at the market.
Unfortunately, because loss of memory is also a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, people sometimes worry that these lapses are a sign of something more serious.
This is not true and in most cases, you have nothing to worry about. However, some conditions such as depression, medication side effects, alcohol abuse, inadequate Vitamin B12 or a low thyroid level, stress and worry of any kind, such as from the death of a spouse or loved one, or from retirement as well as Illness may contribute to memory loss. You need to check some of these possibilities in case you have any of them.
To aid your memory, you can write yourself notes, place your keys in the same place each day or play word games or do crossword puzzles.