Are you forgetting words or recent events? Many members of MyParkinsonsTeam experience "brain fog," a common and frustrating symptom of the neurological condition. “Ah! The memory thing!” exclaimed one member. “When I tell a story, in mid-sentence my head and my mouth stop working. I just freeze.”
Another member agreed: “I have similar symptoms. It can be annoying and embarrassing, but I just try to get on with it!!” Older members question whether their memory loss is related to Parkinson's disease or aging itself. “You don't have to have PD to have memory problems,” said one older member. “Many of us who are getting on in age have senior moments.”
Memory tips and tricks are popular topics in the community. Many members have compassionate partners who help fill their word gaps. Others use dictionary and thesaurus apps. Getting support from others with Parkinson’s is a great way to learn strategies for managing memory function. “Don't be embarrassed to let people know you have a memory problem, or let it stop you from socializing,” said one member. “Be honest and upfront about the new you - most people will understand.”
On MyParkinsonsTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with Parkinson's disease, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Memory function is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.
Here are some conversations about memory function:
Can you relate?
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