It’s something that happens to us all, occasionally. You walk into a room and forget what it was that you’d gone into the room to get. So you go back and do what you were doing, only to remember again.
And of course it’s natural to become slightly more forgetful as we get older – it’s just one of those things that age brings with it.
But, according to a new survey, signs of memory loss may be beginning earlier than we’d previously thought. From this new research, it appears that six percent of respondents (approximately 1 in 20) reported that they’d noticed signs of memory loss beginning in their 30s.
Among the memory lapse incidents that people reported were things like leaving the house after having forgotten to put socks on, and in one case someone even reported having temporarily been unable to recall their own name at a business meeting.
It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that the reasons why people have memory lapses are various – and one of the big causes of forgetfulness is stress. Other reasons for moments of forgetfulness could also be down to lack of sleep, or being preoccupied with other things that are happening. And of course there are some of us who, through no fault of our own, are just naturally a bit forgetful.
Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the survey data indicates that the over 50s in particular are concerned about memory loss. The average age for noticing signs of memory problems among those surveyed was 57.
If you have a concern about memory loss it’s important to consult your doctor – there is some good information on the topic from NHS choices page on memory loss.