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These films aim to address your fears about memory loss and dementia and provide practical advice about brain health.
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Korean subtitles courtesy of Misook Ahn.
Spanish subtitles courtesy of José Ignacio Marsá Valdovinos.
Dutch subtitles courtesy of Mirjam Schepens.
Basque subtitles courtesy of Unai Diaz.
French subtitles courtesy of Jacques Gatard and Jennifer David.
Italian subtitles courtesy of Valentina Gigliucci and Simona Salamone.
German subtitles courtesy of Jean Maples.
Portuguese (Brazil) subtitles courtesy of Dhara Corte.
Greek by Maria Gialama
I have trouble remembering things; does this mean I have Dementia?
As you grow older it is easy to jump to conclusions about your memory. Especially after you have lost your house keys, again. Or drawn a blank when you are faced with someone you know you have met before. These small lases of memory and attention can feel like the end of the world.
It is important to remember that your brain is a very complex organ. Forgetting the odd word or name doesn't mean you are getting Dementia and yet these lapses in memory could mean something.
Many different things can affect your memory; over the counter or prescription medications, excessive use of alcohol, an underlying medical condition that you may not be aware of and even psychological causes such as stress and anxiety or depression.
When you are stressed or feel depressed your brain releases a hormone called cortisol into your blood stream. High levels of cortisol can impair the cells in your hippocampus, a part of the brain vital for making memories. This can make it more difficult for you to create new memories or retrieve old ones.
So you may well have a memory problem but it doesn't necessarily mean that you have Dementia. You need to be aware of your brain health and most importantly see your family doctor about your memory concerns. A doctor can help identify any underlying conditions that might be affecting your memory. Or help you manage stress or anxiety in the healthy way if that is the issue. Or change medication that may be causing your memory problems.
Some causes of Dementia are treatable even reversible. Which is added incentive for you to book an appointment with your doctor for a memory check.
Your doctor might not bring the bad news you have been dreading.
Tengo Problemas Recordando las Cosas, Esto Quiere Decir que Tengo Demencia?
Gauzak gogoratzeko arazoak ditut - Horrek esan nahi du dementzia jasatzen ari naizela?
J’ai des problèmes à me souvenir de certaines choses. Cela signifie-t-il que je suis atteint de démence?
Ho problemi a ricordare le cose – significa che mi sta insorgendo la demenza?
Ik heb moeite om dingen te onthouden - betekent dit dat ik dementie krijg?
자꾸 뭔가를 깜빡 해요. 저도 혹시 치매일까요?
Ich habe Schwierigkeiten, mich an Dinge zu erinnern - werde ich dement?
Eu tenho dificuldade de lembrar coisas – isso significa que eu estou ficando com demência?
Δυσκολεύομαι να θυμηθώ πράγματα- έχω άνοια;