PROBABLY NORMAL: You frequently lose your car keys.
SEE A DOCTOR: You look at a key and can’t remember how to use it.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You walk into a room and forget why you went there.
SEE A DOCTOR: You forget how to find the kitchen in your own home.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You forget the name of a person you were just introduced to.
SEE A DOCTOR: You forget the name of a family member.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You momentarily forget the name of a close friend.
SEE A DOCTOR: You don’t remember the person who says she is your friend.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You put the paper towels in the refrigerator and the milk in the cabinet and have a good laugh about it.
SEE A DOCTOR: You frequently have no idea where things are supposed to go.
PROBABLY NORMAL: Mornings can be hectic, and you sometimes find it difficult to leave the house on time because you misplaced your belt or forgot to set the alarm clock.
SEE A DOCTOR: People comment because you leave the house without showering or because your clothes are disheveled.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You can come up with examples of times when you felt your forgetfulness was worrisome.
SEE A DOCTOR: You know that you’ve been forgetful, but you can’t remember details—you forget what it was you forgot.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You take a wrong turn on the way to your favourite grocery store, or get momentarily lost in familiar territory.
SEE A DOCTOR: You sometimes leave home and can’t find your way back.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You forget to go to your dentist appointment.
SEE A DOCTOR: You forget to go to your daughter’s wedding.
PROBABLY NORMAL: If asked, you could give details about yesterday’s dinner or your most recent phone call. It might take awhile, but you can do it.
SEE A DOCTOR: You have difficulty remembering recent events. You may not recall them at all.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You enjoy seeing friends at your usual level. Socializing is fun and enjoyable.
SEE A DOCTOR: You avoid social activities because you’re afraid that you’ll do something embarrassing.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You find it difficult to learn how to use new appliances or electronic devices.
SEE A DOCTOR: You find it impossible to learn to use new appliances, and you even find it difficult to use the old ones.
PROBABLY NORMAL: Sometimes you struggle to find the word you were looking for.
SEE A DOCTOR: You often lose words and have to use substitutes or change the subject to avoid embarrassment.
PROBABLY NORMAL: You feel forgetful, but your family and friends don’t notice it.
SEE A DOCTOR: Your family and friends tell you that they are worried about your forgetfulness.
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