What are some other causes of memory problems?

Loss of memory and forgetfulness may start suddenly, or may get progressively worse. It's certainly normal for people to become a bit forgetful as they get older.

Whatever the changes, they could be caused by number of different things. It’s natural to think it could be dementia, but that’s not always the case.

Anxiety, stress and depression can all have an effect on memory. These conditions, and memory loss itself, can also be affected by a lack of sleep or sleeping problems. If you’re experiencing any of these, speak to your GP. If you’ve had a head injury or stroke, they can also have an effect on memory and should be discussed with a GP.

There are other, less common causes of memory loss from medication side-effects to vitamin deficiencies, long-term alcohol misuse or medical conditions.

Whatever the possible cause, the first thing to do is to get it checked.

Any signs of memory loss, even if they prove to be simply a part of growing older, can be distressing for the person experiencing them and those close to them. It may not be dementia, but it is worth having it checked out.