It can be worrying if you or someone you know notices that you are becoming more forgetful or confused. It’s important to understand that, if your memory seems to be getting worse, it does not necessarily mean that you are developing dementia. If you or someone you know are worried about memory, you should first consult your GP.

Exercise your brain

Evidence suggests that keeping mentally active can help to prevent or slow down memory problems. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word searches and jigsaws are all good ways of keeping the mind active. You could also look into adult education courses at your local college or community centre, or find clubs and organisations that offer activities you enjoy, like board games, book discussions, music or art.