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Why Am I More Forgetful?

When you experience symptoms of forgetfulness, it’s easy to wonder if your symptoms are a sign of more significant memory decline. From not being able to remember where you left your car keys or glasses to struggling to remember different words to forgetting where you live, memory loss can take many different forms.

Not all forgetfulness indicates a serious cognitive condition. If you’re experiencing more forgetfulness than usual or signs of memory loss, it’s important to seek a professional evaluation to understand what’s causing the problem.

At Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic in Palo Alto, California, our team understands how scary memory loss can be. Led by clinical neuropsychologist Richard D. Abbey, PhD, our team of memory experts helps get to the root cause of your forgetfulness and provide help with the latest in evidence-based treatments.

Understanding memory and forgetfulness

Memory describes the aspect of the brain that stores and retrieves information. We have different types of memory. For example, short-term memory, or working memory, temporarily holds information before it moves to long-term memory, where it’s stored for future use. 

The good news is that not all slips of the memory or signs of forgetfulness mean dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is imminent. Everyone has moments when they forget someone’s name or where they left the car keys.

There are many different reasons you might be more forgetful, including:

When you treat the underlying condition, the memory problems fade away.

Some causes of memory loss or forgetfulness are temporary or reversible with treatment. Others signal cognitive decline associated with age or an underlying condition, like Lewy body or frontotemporal dementia. Fortunately, advances in neuropsychology mean you have treatment options that offer help managing symptoms. 

Diagnosing the cause of memory decline

If you’re struggling with forgetfulness or signs of memory decline, the team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic understands how difficult it can be to acknowledge the loss and seek help. We do everything we can to put you at ease and make the diagnostic process comfortable.

The team begins with an assessment of your needs and level of functioning through the use of a neuropsychological evaluation. The evaluation uses multiple, specialized tests to understand which areas of memory are affected and how severe the decline is. 

Based on the results, our team creates a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs. You receive a copy of the report to help you better understand your diagnosis and the recommended treatment plan, and the team takes time to answer any questions and address any concerns you have. 

Treatment options for cognitive decline

Treatment for your memory decline or cognitive problems depends on your individual needs. At Abbey Neuropsychology we’re pleased to offer the latest in evidence-based memory and cognition treatment, and may recommend one or a combination of the following:

Get to the bottom of your forgetfulness with the help of the team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic. Call our Palo Alto office at 650-215-6840, or book an appointment online today. We also offer telehealth for your safety and convenience. 

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