What’s the Difference Between Forgetfulness and Serious Memory Loss?

by | July 7, 2011 at 1:54 PM | General, TV News

Can’t remember where you put the car keys? The remote control? Or what band sings that annoying song that’s been stuck in your head for days? As we get older it’s common to forget certain things, but at some point it could develop into a serious medical issue.

Amy Brightfield, health director of Woman’s Day magazine, and neurologist Richard Isaacson joined Hoda and Kathie Lee on “Today” to break down the differences about a common case of memory loss and a serious condition like Alzheimer’s that needs medical attention.

“Under 65, Alzheimer’s is really, really rare and if it’s even rarer under 50 and under 40,” explained Brightfield. “As you get older your brain is storing more information and it edits it.”

Forgetting where you parked your car is not a sign of memory loss, according to Brightfield and Isaacson. But if in addition to forgetting you pulled into parking spot B12 you also get lost while driving or completely forget where you are, that may be a sign of a progressive problem, such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia, that should be checked out by a medical professional.

Watch this “Today” clip and learn two simple tricks to remember where you parked the car:

Interestingly enough, Isaacson says you actually are what you eat and choosing the right foods can boost your memory.

Decreasing carbohydrates and saturated fat, eating fish high in Omega 3 (lake trout, herring, mackerel and salmon), fruits and vegetables has been proven to boost memory. Coffee lovers—pour another cup of joe because that has been proven to help too.