Nine Reasons to Test Your Memory

September 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Having your memory officially tested by a doctor, specialist, or one of the clinics   held by the National Memory Screening Initiative may seem a bit scary, like facing any unknown.  But there are good reasons for imagehaving it done – I’ve gathered just a few of them.

  1. Peace of Mind: Knowing  whether your memory issues are serious or within the normal range is often a relief, even if the news is bad.And excessive worry over memory problems can cause or worsen  memory problems!
  2. Simple Solutions: Although we often assume memory problems are signs of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they frequently have much less serious and fully treatable causes.   Testing your memory is the first step in getting to the root of the problem.
  3. Time to Plan: Early detection of  dementia and Alzheimer’s allows you time to plan for the future – time to decide what care you believe is appropriate, where you want to live, who you want to be in charge of your affairs, should you become unable to manage them yourself.
  4. Treatment Options: Although there’s no current cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatments which slow progression,  improve and prolong the quality of life. And with so much research going on, buying even a year  means a higher chance of better treatments or even a cure may be developed.
  5. Early Diagnosis/Better Prognosis: Since many of the treatments are preventative, the earlier cognitive problems are diagnosed, the better the odds are that you can prevent a more serious decline.
  6. Time for Family to Adjust: Cognitive problems, and especially Alzheimer’s, can take a serious toll on family members, both financially and emotionally.  Giving them time to adjust while you’re still capable of comforting them (and them helping to make plans) is a huge gift.
  7. Identify Problem Areas: Testing may show that your problems primarily affect one or two areas of cognitive function – by identifying them, you can then train those specific skills, and recover much if not all of the functions you’re used to!
  8. It May Be Nothing: It’s quite possible that what you fear are serious signs of dementia are just “ordinary” cognitive losses common as we age.   They’re not cause for concern, they don’t mean we’re going to be incapacitated, and for the most part, they’re treatable.
  9. Testing Provides A Baseline: Even if you aren’t concerned about your mental function or memories,  you still might consider testing.  The results will give you something to compare to, down the road, if you do start developing problems.  Sometimes, people who are especially sharp notice a decline well before the “diagnosable” problems appear – being able to spot those early issues, and compare to previous tests, might be very helpful.

So don’t allow fears to keep you from having your memory tested; it  should be a regular part of checkups and physical exams, just like blood pressure and cholesterol checks – don’t be afraid to ask for it!

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