How's your short term memory?

Last Update: December 07, 2019

I certainly hope it's better than mine. It's funny but I can remember things from 75 years ago but can't always remember something 75 seconds ago. I have great long term and medium term memory but the short term is the bad one. I guess at 84 2 out of 3 memories isn't too bad.

I don't know how many times I've walked into a room and wondered why I was there. Luckily sometimes after I leave the room what I was trying to remember hits me like a bolt of lightning.

It's frustrating as the devil but sometimes I have to laugh at my self although I don't think its that funny. Especially when I'm working on something and get distracted then can't remember what I was doing.

If anyone has a miracle cure I'd sure be glad to learn it. I know I'm wishing for something that probably doesn't exist but you never know.


Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
Bernice12 Premium
My mother in-law is having mini strokes and it is very bad. Her brain cells are dying and every time I turn around, I'm having to explain everything. My life is not my own anymore! Oh well! No biggy. I'm now her caregiver and I still love her. Even though I feel like I'm her mother and she is the 5 year old that I never had. She and my pomerainian are never separated. I smile and keep an eye on them so they don't get in trouble, while I try to work on the computor and try to make a living. Dave my man, her son is really good about it. She is 81. I wish you luck, something I do is take her for brain scans every 3 months to find out how the doctors think she is doing, even though I already know! I am praying for everyone who has the problem(s). Good Luck, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year every one!
Reply
Wayne66 Premium
You sure aren't alone, Don. I think it happens to most everyone from time to time no matter how old or young we are.

It could be that as we are walking into that room, we are momentarily distracted by something and, PSSSSHT, the thought that sent us on that route is gone for the moment. I know that's happened to me as well.

Wayne
Reply
don1rock Premium
Hey Wayne,
When I read the comments I begin to realize it happens to a lot of people. A number of people offered solutions & I will try some of them. We'll see how it works out. Not getting any younger doesn't help.
Don
Reply
gnoose Premium
I'm 63 and experience short term memory loss all the time. Like you, I can remember things in 1959, but I can't remember why I walked into the kitchen. I can only wonder what it will be like in 20 years. Living with Alzheimer's in a family member makes me appreciate everyday and everything. There are no miracle cures out there my friend. I guess the best we can do is to keep the mind sharp and pray for the best.
G
Reply
don1rock Premium
Hey G,
You're right! Overall my mind is as sharp as anyone's so I guess the short term thing isn't all that bad. My wife's memory is way worse than mine and its frustrating when I tell her something and she's forgotten it 5 minutes later. I really need to work on my tolerance.
Don
Reply
gnoose Premium
Tolerance is definitely one the major keys to dealing with memory loss. In my own experience, I've had to learn how to cope with so many things. It can be frustrating, but learning how to live with memory issues can be as hard on you as it is on those around you who are affected. In my own case, both of my parents are affected with varying degrees of dementia, and I can attest that there has been a definite learning curve for me. How to deal with things like forgetting names, where are the keys, can't find the mail box and such are devastating to all.

Good luck my friend. May your journey be peaceful.
Regards
Greg
Reply
anjumshahlla Premium
Thank you for sharing. It happens to me sometimes for a few seconds. I am 52. When should we start worrying about it?
I have good long term memory but not excellent. I am good at remembering where things are because I keep them in their place.
I think being organized helps our brain and memory process. Other thing is to do one thing at a time or less things at a time. Get rid of distractions. Make and write a schedule for everything.

Love,
Shahlla
Reply
don1rock Premium
Hi Shahila,
Thanks for the advice. If only it were that easy. I've got 84 years of bad habits so not easy to change. Working on it.
Don
Reply
anjumshahlla Premium
Do you want someone to do it for you? It is possible.
Organizing things and making schedules is easy for some people. They can help you.

Love,
Shahlla
Reply
KentO13 Premium
Also, read the captions below. Very good advise.
Kento
Reply
Top