No matter what age we are, it’s common to forget things from time to time. That moment when we need to introduce someone and much to our horror draw a complete mental blank over their name. Or forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning on the way home from work.
Reasons for this kind of occasional forgetfulness could be as simple as not getting enough sleep, stress, anxiety, or even an infection. It could be the medication we are taking, which might include antidepressants and antihistamines, or maybe nutritional factors such as vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Deficiencies in Vitamins B1 and B12 for example, are known to affect memory. Strokes and any serious injury to the head, and therefore brain, can also alter our short- and long-term memory.
However, when our memory, and our short-term memory in particular, begins to fail us on a regular basis and affects our ability to carry out everyday tasks that we once did without even thinking, it important to eliminate Alzheimer’s as being the cause.