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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.

Spanish subtitles courtesy of José Ignacio Marsá Valdovinos.

We all love to hear our favourite song, especially when stuck in traffic and even if it has been years since you heard it, the words flood back to you. Yet when it comes to other things it seems far too easy to forget. Like your anniversary or the size of that fish that you caught. So why do something's slip your mind and others don't?
When you use your memory you are relying on different parts of your memory network, like an orchestra filled with different instruments. So if you get a question right at the local pub quiz you are using your FACT memory. Tell your best friend about your first kiss, that is your EVENT memory. Fix the leak under your sink your relying on your PROCEDURAL memory. You even have an EMOTIONAL memory which leaves you with a feeling even if you can't remember the details. This is when losing your memory enters the equation. Because even if you do have a memory problem, scientist are discovering that you hold on to your emotional memory. In California, researchers studied 95 people with Dementia, asking their families to recall moments from their lives that gave a strong emotional response. They then checked with family members to confirm the memories were correct and in most cases they were. The person's emotional memory stayed intact even if other parts struggled. And that's important to remember.

Even though your Aunt doesn't recall your visit from last week it doesn't mean she has forgotten. She may have a pleasant feeling or an emotional memory. Which is why it is important to keep visiting her and when you do ask her about her childhood because older memories stay with us longer a concept scientists call The Reminisce Bump. Remembering can leave us feeling good, so the next time you visit she will be happy to see you even if she doesn't recognise you. Your memory won't ever go completely. Take comfort, your memory won't ever go completely anymore than taking one instrument from the orchestra won't make it stop. You will remember the felling you had when you first heard then.

Zure oroimena erabat gal daiteke?
La tua memoria può esaurirsi completamente?
Kan je geheugen helemaal verdwijnen?
우리의 기억은 영원할까요?
Kann Ihr Gedächtnis vollständig verschwinden?
¿Puedes perder la memoria totalmente?

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