The colloquial term for what is medically known as amnesia, memory loss implies an inability to recall events or information that one should otherwise be able to. Amnesia can affect both one’s short and long term memory, and is usually caused by damage to the medial temporal lobe. Though one’s memory tends to weaken with age naturally, in some people more intense and unprecedented amnesia may be triggered due to various reasons including head trauma, emotionally disturbing experiences and physical deficiencies. It is thus, important to recognise the difference between naturally deteriorating memory and that which is symptomatic of serious cerebral ill-health. Thus, here is a list of signs that should alert on to the possibility of having developed amnesia, thus necessitating medical attention and care.

1. Forgetfulness

The first and the most common sign of memory loss is forgetfulness. A person tends to become forgetful of all little things even after being reminded of it over and again. But, just because mom cannot remember where she kept the keys or calls the grandkid by wrong name doesn’t mean she has memory loss issues. It is okay for a person to sometimes become forgetful of the details of certain conversations, however early onset of memory loss makes a person extremely forgetful, so much that the person forgets the entire conversation that happened just a few minutes ago.

Short-term memory is affected initially, like the person has difficulty remembering crucial dates or events. They tend to ask for the same facts and events over and over again. In fact some people even have difficulty recognizing the faces of their near ones.