Return to First QuestionsI keep forgetting things, have I got Alzheimer’s?
Most of us forget things every day, like people’s names or where we put our car keys, but this is not necessarily a sign of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In dementia, memory loss is more serious than forgetting things occasionally. It is memory loss that starts to interfere with your everyday life, for example, you finally found your car keys but can't remember what they are used for, it might be time to see your doctor.
There are many reasons why people become forgetful. Some medicines and drugs can affect memory. Stress, depression, anxiety, vitamin deficiency and thyroid problems can also cause memory issues, so it’s important to get the right diagnosis. If you are worried about your memory, if it’s getting worse, or interfering with everyday life, then you should talk to your family doctor.